Shanghai's layout, a positive one for the STR11
Shanghai, April 12th 2016.- Carlos Sainz counts the number of days until the Chinese Grand Prix. Today he arrived to Shanghai, where on April 17th the third race on the 2016 Formula One calendar will be held. It will be the perfect occasion to recover from the disappointment of Bahrain, where his chances of scoring points vanished after another car crashed into his and caused him a puncture on the second lap.
Scuderia Toro Rosso, which so far has scored 16 points in this scenario, has proven to be in good shape in the first rounds of the Championship and Carlos will arrive at China willing to carry on with this positive trend. Back in 2015, his was the only one STR10 to finish the race, although affected by the lack of top speed of its power unit. The Spaniard remembers well this precedent, though he will try to improve his results with a STR11 that's smooth in turns and less slow on straights.
Strategy will once again be important in China, with the Medium, the Soft and the Supersoft compounds as the tyre choices announced by Pirelli. Carlos will have two sets of Mediums, six Softs and five Supersofts. As happened in Bahrain, there will be small differences between the two Toro Rossos, as Max Verstappen's one will only have one Medium but seven Softs and the same amount of Supersofts (five) as Carlos.
Back to the future
This weekend's event will also feature another change on the Qualifying session, which will go back to the structure it used to have until 2015. The World Motorsport Sport Council has approved this change and consequently ratified the agreement reached days before between FIA, FOM and teams. The 2016 format has been discarded after the improvable feedback received on the first two weekends, although it is possible that regulations for the 2017 season include further changes.
These are Carlos' thoughts ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix:
"After spending last friday on the simulator, where everything went right and where we could work on the set-up for China, now we face the next race. We will find a track where tyre wear will be key, especially on the front left because Shanghai has several turns that are quite long, especialy T1 and T13. As we saw in previous races, the new regulations will enable different strategies, we may see a few surprises coming from there".
"In theory, this track should suit us better than Bahrain, as the STR11 behaves well in fast turns. In a few occasions weather also played its role here, so we'll keep an eye on it!”.