He focused on studying the soft compound but didn't aim for fast times yet
Magyoród, July 22nd 2016.- Carlos Sainz finished P14 in Free Practice 1 for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso focused mainly on evaluating the soft compound, on which he did the vast majority of his laps.
The day begun in colder conditions than expected, as last night it rained. The activity begun with air temperature at 21 degrees and –the still wet– track at 26 degrees. Drivers picked up the intermediate compound on their opening laps, and Carlos was no exception. He did his installation lap on that tyre choice, but found out that asphalt was drying out quickly, thanks to the warmer temperatures, the cars themselves and the new asphalt from the Hungaroring, which handles water better than the previous one.
On a dry track, Carlos moved on to the soft compound. He used a first set during seven laps before returning it to Pirelli after the first 30 minutes of the session, as dictated by the regulations. Then, he went for another set of softs and set what would be his personal best of the morning, a 1'24"579. His time was far behind the fastest, 3"232 away from leader Lewis Hamilton, but Carlos managed to complete a long stint of 11 laps and didn't use the supersoft compound, as his rivals did.