Sep 3, 2016

Carlos Sainz improves to P13 in Free Practice 3 at the Italian GP

He and his team got the maximum out of the STR11 in Monza

Monza, September 3rd 2016.- Carlos Sainz clinched the thirteenth spot on the timesheets after the third and final free practice session for the Italian GP. The Spaniard from Scuderia Toro Rosso clocked a 1'24"240 lap, his fastest time this weekend.

This result shows a small improvement in comparison to the pace of yesterday and arrives after the work done last night together with the engineers. In the end, the team has chosen a set-up that prioritizes cornering, the strength of the Toro Rosso STR11, even though this cost some Top Speed in the straights.

With ambient temperature at 27 degrees and track at 33, Carlos started his day on a set of soft tyres. He did three stints on them (one, six and five laps). He had done 12 laps before moving to the supersoft compound, on which he would set his fastest time after a four-laps run and a fifth one to practice the start at the end of the Pit-Lane.

After jumping out of the car, Carlos expressed his cautious optimism.

"I think we made a little step forward in comparison to yesterday. We know that Qualifying will still be tougher because of the Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault engines, they always have an edge on power over us. But so far we've been getting the maximum out of the car. We'll try to repeat this for Qualifying, let's see where we end up".

"The race will be more complicated. We've went for a rear wing that generates downforce in order to exploit our strength, which is fast cornering, although we know that our Top Speed will be low. In the end, each car has its strengths and weaknesses and we've decided to use our strongest points, the corners, even though we know that we'll be very slow in straights".

"The goal is to make it to Q2 and try to qualify in the Top 15 so we can get escape with the Haas, Williams and McLarens in the race, even if we are at the back of them, but it would be good to at least use their DRS and get away with them. The start is going to be tight, but if we qualify in the Top 15 our life will be easier. If we Qualify P18 or P19, that will make things tougher".

Qualifying for the Italian GP will commence at 14:00 Spanish time. We will cover it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.