The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso sets the ninth fastest lap-time of the day
Francorchamps, August 25th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished ninth in the second Free Practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix, which was compromised by the rain. Carlos completed 19 laps around the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. His fastest lap-time, 1’46"561, was 1’808 seconds short from the leader and just 12 hundredths of a second shy from the seventh place.
Weather is always a major concern in the Ardennes and today it was no exception. It was a cloudy afternoon as practice started at 14:00 local time. The rain appeared with 20 minutes to go. Most drivers chose to finish the day earlier than expected, like Carlos, in order to save rain tyres for the weekend.
Carlos has brought a special surprise for this weekend, a message of support in his helmet for the victims of the Barcelona terror attack happened on August 17th. The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso has added the name of the city in the front area of his design.
The Spaniard began the session with a set of supersoft tyres, the only compound that he hadn’t tested yet. He did five laps on them. His fastest lap-time was 1’47"176, three tenths of a second quicker than in Free Practice 1 on ultrasoft tyres.
After a short visit to the pits, Carlos hit the track on ultrasoft tyres. His stint was only three-laps long, but it was enough to set a 1’46"561 lap and move up to eighth.
The team called him in so he could perform a race simulation on supersoft tyres. The stint lasted for 11 laps.
When it started to rain, Carlos chose to stay in pits and save tyres, aware of the fact that there is risk of rain both for Saturday and Sunday.
"Talking generally, I think it has been a good Friday for us. Maybe we were a bit quicker than what we all expected before coming to this weekend, so that is positive. On the other hand, we know our competitors normally do a bigger step than us on Saturday, so we need to keep an eye on them and on everyone to keep ourselves in the Top 10, but I am quite happy".
"Rain didn’t surprise me. I have been to Spa-Francorchamps for seven years and these kinds of things have happened every time I have been here. It is typical from yere. I wouldn’t mind a little bit of this for Saturday and Sunday".
The Belgian Grand Prix will continue tomorrow Saturday with the third and final Free Practice session (11:00 local time), prologue to the Qualifying session (14:00) that will decide Sunday’s Starting Grid. As always, we will track Carlos’ progress via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.