Sep 17, 2016

Carlos Sainz, ninth in final Singapore Free Practice

He’ll work on his set-up ahead of Qualifying, where Q3 is the target

Singapore, September 17th 2016- The final Free Practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix was the fastest one of the three that have been held, but Carlos Still still managed to hold on to an interesting ninth place that gives him a good chance to fight for a place in Q3 later today in Qualifying.

Meteorological conditions didn’t change much from yesterday, with air temperature at 30ºC and the track at 35. Humidity stayed at 64%. The Spaniard from Scuderia Toro Rosso used just two sets of tyres, both of the ultrasoft compound, and clocked 17 laps around the Marina Bay circuit. With the first set, he completed a 11-laps run plus a twelfth one that was cancelled due to a red flag. Later on, he picked up new tyres and improved to 1’45”879, climbing up to ninth in the standings.

Although he wasn’t 100% happy with today’s set-up, Carlos still felt optimistic at the end of the session. "We've tested a few things that we thought would be go in the right direction, but they didn't go that well in the end. We'll look for a compromise between yesterday's set-up and today's to improve in Qualifying", he said.

Nevertheless, a ninth place is good news. "We're still within Q3 as Qualifying draws closer, at least we have a chance to make it there. Let's see if our rivals improve a lot or if we can get there with both cars and give the team something to cheer for. 

Toro Rosso is using two aerodynamic packages slightly different in its aim to find the optimum solution. "As data doesn't show a clear answer, the team has preferred to use two different specs in the cars. It may not be the ideal thing, because it means there's something we don't completely understand, but I hope we find the correct direction soon and that both cars are the same in Malaysia", he said talking to Movistar+ F1.

Qualifying will start at 15:00, Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.