Rain compromises the preparatory session for Qualifying
Sao Paulo, November 12th 2016.- Carlos Sainz achieved the fourteenth fastest time in the third and final Free Practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix of Formula 1. The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso set a 1'13"293. He was a second and a half away from the leaders and just three tenths short of the tenth place, which will be the goal to pursuit in this afternoon's Qualifying session as that would enable him to take part in Q3, where Pole Position is at stake.
Temperatures today were below 20ºC, much cooler than yesterday. The track temperature was 25ºC. It drizzled at the opening stages of practice and that forced all drivers to complete their installation runs on rain tyres. Carlos did a single lap on full-wets before returning to the pits to wait for the track conditions to improve.
As minutes ticked-by, the tarmac conditions got better and it was possible to use the slicks again. The Spaniard began then his scheduled program, which was composed by two runs of ten and seven laps respectively on soft Pirelli tyres.
Carlos used two different sets of tyres. In the first stint he lapped at 1'14"0. In the second one, already with a clear understanding of the levels of grip of his STR11, he improved eight tenths to 1'13"293 to see the chequered flag in the fourteenth place.
He concluded each stint coming in to the pits and doing an extra lap. He completed 20 laps in total.
These were Carlos words as he got out of his STR11:
"Rain changed a little bit the work we had scheduled to do. The track was cooler than yesterday and we worked to reduce graining, although then the conditions improved and by the end of it we were able to do our short-running on softs. The goal is always Q3, although we know how difficult that is. Today we are three tenths away, but we'll keep on working together with the engineers to try and see if we can do small improvements to be closer later today".
The Qualifying session for the Brazil GP will commence at 14:00 local time, at 17:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.