Sep 25, 2015

Carlos Sainz in Japanese Grand Prix Formula 1

Today have disputed free 1 and 2 on the Suzuka Circuit

Carlos Sainz: "Overall it was a good day and there's a lot of positives to take from today. Even though it's been raining all day and we haven't been able to complete any laps in dry conditions, I managed to learn the track quickly and showed some good pace. To finish FP1 on top was also something special, as it's the first time I lead a Formula 1 practice session. The track is amazing, very challenging, and even more in the wet! I had a lot of fun out there and I hope we can continue like this the rest of the weekend."

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer): "This is another very difficult track for our two young drivers to take on: Carlos had a particularly strong session considering he has not run here before. Both drivers learnt the track in these difficult conditions quite quickly. They also managed to negotiate the rivers in sector 1 without any worry. Unfortunately the afternoon's FP2 session did not run as cleanly as FP1, with several small problems which curtailed running on both cars. Nonetheless we still ticked off a few boxes on the program list when we did run and we have gathered a bit more info on the Inter tyres. To that end, we know we have got a little bit of work to do with the car balance overnight if there is further wet running this weekend, mainly to improve the tyre management. It will be interesting to see how the drivers and car are in the dry."

FP1

1 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m49.434s - 10
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m49.938s 0.504s 7
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.077s 0.643s 14
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m50.519s 1.085s 12
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m50.722s 1.288s 6
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.940s 1.506s 10
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m51.212s 1.778s 15
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.288s 2.854s 12
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m53.820s 4.386s 12
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m53.964s 4.530s 14
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m54.013s 4.579s 9
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m55.678s 6.244s 6
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault - - 1
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes - - 4
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes - - 3
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda - - 5
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes - - 1
18 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes - - 1
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari - - 3
20 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari - - 4

FP2
1 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m48.277s - 6
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m48.300s 0.023s 8
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m48.853s 0.576s 8
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m49.097s 0.820s 10
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m50.268s 1.991s 19
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m50.319s 2.042s 16
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.418s 2.141s 6
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.542s 2.265s 5
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m50.968s 2.691s 10
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m51.557s 3.280s 7
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m51.674s 3.397s 11
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m51.861s 3.584s 9
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m51.934s 3.657s 12
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m52.070s 3.793s 8
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m52.534s 4.257s 6
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.765s 4.488s 6
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m55.239s 6.962s 10
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m58.059s 9.782s 6
19 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m59.419s 11.142s 7