Good debut for Spanish driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso at the Shanghai International Circuit
Session Best lap: 1:41.112, pos. 8th, 23 laps
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1:39.971, pos. 15th, 28 laps
Carlos Sainz: "We managed to go through today's plan with no issues, so I'm happy with that. FP1 was all about learning the track. I felt quite comfortable from the very beginning and was able to build-up on that. It's a nice track, I like driving here, it's challenging and different to other circuits, which is good. FP2 was more focussed on tyre life and performance. Unfortunately, during the Option run the red flag spoiled our short run, but when we went back out to complete the long run I felt good. Everything is very close here, it's going to be a tight fight this weekend, but we are ready for it."