Nov 27, 2015

Carlos Sainz in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1

Difficult day with mechanical problems for Spanish driver of Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz: "It hasn't been a straightforward Friday... definitely not the day we wanted. We had a few issues in the morning which didn't allow us to run as much as we would've wanted. Therefore, it wasn't a very representative FP1. This afternoon everything was going well, but with 45 minutes of the session left the engine suddenly switched off... It's not a good way to start the last race weekend of the season, but luckily it's still only Friday and we can work on this in order to come back stronger tomorrow."

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer): "I am sad to say that this is another day where I am apologising to Carlos as he had more problems in both FP1 and FP2, when his engine switched off due to an oil pressure drop, which limited his running today. In terms of the car performance, we struggled in sector 3. This is a section of the track where we would usually expect our car to be strong, so we clearly have got some work to do. Our long pace looks relatively better so we will carefully analyse car set-up and tyre temperatures tonight. Looking forward to Sunday, from what we have learnt today I think managing front graining will be key to good performance and could well give a big advantage in terms of strategy freedom."

Free Practice Session
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.983s - 39
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.121s 0.138s 31
3 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.610s 0.627s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.647s 0.664s 37
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m42.717s 0.734s 35
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m42.798s 0.815s 34
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.849s 0.866s 36
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m42.928s 0.945s 35
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m42.955s 0.972s 31
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m43.431s 1.448s 37
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m43.441s 1.458s 32
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.506s 1.523s 33
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.662s 1.679s 40
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.854s 1.871s 20
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m43.929s 1.946s 27
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m44.050s 2.067s 32
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.116s 2.133s 37
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.245s 3.262s 28
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.450s 4.467s 35
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.022s 5.039s 27