He did 22 laps and tested the three Pirelli compounds
Hockenheim, July 29th 2016.- Carlos Sainz earned the tenth spot in the standings after the first Free Practice session for the German Grand Prix. With a personal best of 1'18"044 and 22 laps to his name, the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso worked and tested the three Pirelli compounds available for the Hockenheim circuit.
The sky was cloudy as the new day begun at the Baden-Wurtemberg track, but it became clearer as Free Practice 1 approached. It started with 22ºC in the air and 32ºC in the track. Four minutes later, Carlos hit the track with his STR11 and its new aerodynamic package, as well as a set of medium tyres for his installation lap.
After 20 minutes awaiting in pits, he went back out again, this time on soft tyres. He did a nine-laps stint and moved up to P8 as he scratched a few tenths with each lap. With little more than 30 minutes to go, he went for a set of supersofts -obviously new- and did another five laps. It was during that stint that he did his best time of the session.
Still on these used tyres, he went back out again for another five-laps run before finishing his work programme. As it usually happens on Friday, it's still to early to make any conclusions, but Carlos hasn't suffered any remarkable issues and has managed to get a spot within the Top 10 despite the fact that his Toro Rosso is -at least for now- the slowest in terms of Top Speed (325,1 kilometers/hour).