Aug 25, 2017

Carlos Sainz finishes seventh in Free Practice 1 at Belgian GP

He completes 22 laps as he runs on the soft and ultrasoft tyre compounds

Francorchamps, August 25th.- The Belgian GP kicked-off this morning with the opening Free Practice session of the event, in which Carlos Sainz clinched the seventh spot of the standings thanks to a 1:47.446 lap. The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso completed 22 laps around Spa-Francorchamps without any major concerns.

The day began under clear blue skies at the Ardennes, with an air temperature of 27ºC and 33ºC on the track. Carlos was one of the early birds of the day, as he completed his installation lap as soon as the lights went green. He did so on soft tyres, the hardest option of the three that Pirelli has made available for the Grand Prix.

Carlos waited a few minutes before joining the track for his first proper run, in which he used the same set of tyres as in his installation lap. His first flying lap was 1:48.704, enough to move up to sixth by the time he crossed the finish line. He was eighth when he returned to the garage. He was not affected by the red flag that interrupted the session for a few minutes, since he was in pits by the time it was waved.

The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso would later switch to ultrasoft tyres, the favorite option going into tomorrow's Qualifying. He completed 13 laps with the -each lap being 7.004 meters long, since the sport is in the longest track on the calendar-. His fastest lap was 1:47.446, which put him in sixth place. By the time the chequered flag appeared, he was seventh. Some rivals, like Force India, Williams or Haas, didn't run on the softest tyre. It is too soon to draw any conclusions, although Carlos' time represents a good starting point for the weekend. He was the fastest Toro Rosso on track with an edge of four tenths of a second over his teammate.

The Grand Prix will continue later today with the second Free Practice session, which will begin at 14:00 Spanish time. As always, we will cover it live via Carlos' official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.