Intense team-work to try to do a step forward for the weekend
Monza, September 2nd 2016.- Carlos Sainz’s was the seventeenth fastest time in the timesheets of the second free practice session for the Italian GP, although results are not what matters at this stage of the weekend. The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso worked together with his engineers to test different set-ups for his car, trying to find the optimum solution for this event.
Today temperatures rose to 30 degrees in the air and 41 on track, and Carlos was one of the last drivers to hit the asphalt in the second timed session. He began his program with a set of the experimental soft tyres developed by Pirelli. He completed seven laps on them before returning to the pits and moving to a set of the official compound.
In the end, he loaded his fuel-tank and prepared for a long stint that would last for 14 laps. It was still on the same set of tyres, which by the end of their lifespan had already made 18 laps around the track. His pace was between 1’28 and 1’29, almost 2,3 seconds slower than the Mercedes, who today was the fastest car around benefitting from a 30 kilometer/hour advantage in terms of Top Speed.
After getting out of his car, Carlos expressed his views about the day. "I think it was a pretty busy Friday, as we expected. Lots of testing going on backstage in both practice sessions; I'm happy that we got to test everything and that we completed our work program. I'm not very happy with my pace, obviously, but that's what we expected here... We'll work hard tonight to try and get closer to the Top 10".
"We are struggling with traction. That issue has been there for the whole year, but it's gotten worse lately as our rivals have more power and more downforce while we run a similar car to the one we brought to Australia, and probably with the weakest engine of the whole grid", Carlos explained.
Singapore will be an important race in order to check the potential of the STR11 in the not-so power hungry circuits. "It will be difficult to send out messages to the outside, but I'll keep sending then within the team. The team needs motivated drivers who give they're very best both inside and outside the track. As I said before, the first half of the season was good but I hope that, personally, the second half will be even better. And even if it's not translated into points or results, I want it to be noticed both by me and the team. I want to go out on vacations feeling happy and knowing that I did a solid year at a high level".
Tomorrow action will resume at the Italian GP. At 11:00 Spanish time, the third and final Free Practice session will commence. It will be the prelude to the Qualifying session.