First laps with the soft and supersoft compounds
Austin, October 21st 2016.- The second Free Practice session for the United States Grand Prix concluded with Carlos Sainz in the eleventh place, a result which inspires hope for all Scuderia Toro Rosso ahead of tomorrow’s Qualifying. Carlos was able to lap at a very similar as this morning, but both he and his team know that a great fight await them in their will to be in the Top 10 for Sunday’s Starting Grid.
Temperatures were significantly warmer than in Free Practice 1 as the action developed under clear blue skies. Ambient temperature was 21 degrees, while the track was 37. Carlos made the most of the early stages of the session and begun with a set of medium tyres, a compound he had tested already earlier in the day. He clocked seven laps on them before storing them for later.
Later, he went for the supersoft option to set his fastest lap. He stopped the clock at 1:38.”971 and climbed up to tenth in the standings, although that result would later evolve into an eleventh place as he would be ‘overtaken’ by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. He still did two more runs on the red compound, although his long-stint was interrupted by a red flag caused by debris.
As practice restarted, Carlos picked up again the Pirelli P-Zero mediums. He did 15 laps on them. On the final one, he was searching for the limits when he lost the car for a moment in the third sector. He didn’t spin, but he drifted away from the track and damaged his tyres, which were already warned out after the 24 laps they had covered so far.
The Spaniard finished Free Practice 2 with 31 laps to his name plus an interesting eleventh place. He was just half a second away from the ever-competitive Top 10. The margin between the ninth and the sixteenth is only four tenths of a second. Tomorrow, both Carlos and his team face great challenges in their effort to reach Q3 in Qualifying.
After jumping out of his car, Carlos was cautious but didn't lose his smile after a trouble-free day.
"It was definitely good fun out there today and a positive Friday overall – last year we didn't get to do many laps here in the dry, so it was a pretty new track for me this time round. I have to say that I've enjoyed the day: this is a special and charismatic track which is exciting to drive! From a performance point of view, we are exactly where we expected to be, but we will keep on working hard and see where we end up at the end of the weekend", he said.
The third and final Free Practice session will begin at 10:00 local time (17:00 Spanish time). We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.