Poor visibility causes to lengthy red flag suspensions
Shanghai, April 7th 2017.- Carlos Sainz was the fourth fastest driver in the first Free Practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, although lap-times were not representative since the early morning running was compromised by two long red-flags caused by bad weather conditions.
Poor visibility was the root-cause behind both interruptions, as the medical helicopter was unable to operate in case of emergency. The rule book bans any running in this scenario and Race Direction took the cautious approach to stop the action on track.
Carlos only completed five laps, his mileage being compromised by the extraordinary weather conditions seen today in China. But it was enough for Scuderia Toro Rosso to check that the STR12 is in good shape for the rest of the weekend. His short program was divided into two runs. The first one was his installation lap, which was on full-wet tyres and was affected by the first red flag. The second run, four laps long, was on intermediate tyres. His fastest lap of the morning: 1:52.840.
Track-conditions were very delicate, as the asphalt was cold and the intermediate tyres struggled to manage the standing weather. Carlos run wide in the braking zone of the back straight, but he was able to control his car with a quick turn of the wheel. He returned to the track without any issues.
Free Practice 2 for the Chinese Grand Prix will commence at 08:00 CET (14:00 local time). We will follow it closely via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.