Traffic prevents the Spaniard from setting a faster time, but he still completed 17 trouble-free laps
Sochi, April 28th 2017.—Carlos Sainz finished fourteenth in the first Free Practice session for the Russian Grand Prix. The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso completed 17 laps without any issues. His fastest time was 1’38”976, 2,902 seconds away from leader Kimi Räikkönen.
The sky remained crystal blue all through the morning practice and the action developed in warmer conditions than expected, with the air temperature at 25 degrees and the track reaching up to 35.
When the session started, Carlos waited a few minutes in the pits before completing his installation lap. He did it on supersoft tyres. The Spaniard would reuse that very same set ten minutes later as he went for a seven-lap run. He clocked a 1’39”367 lap, good enough to climb up to a provisional tenth place. Carlos spent the following thirty minutes in the Pit-Lane as his team adjusted the set-up of his STR12.
After a red flag caused by debris on track, Sainz returned with a second set of supersoft rubber. He completed nine laps with it, improving his time to 1’38”976 to finish fourteenth in the time-sheets. Nevertheless, his lap could have been significantly faster since he was caught on traffic in the third sector.
Free Practice 2 for the Russian Grand Prix will start this Friday at 15.00 local time, 14:00 Spanish time. We will follow Carlos’ progress via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.