He was the driver with the fewest laps in the first practice
Silverstne, July 8th 2016.- The British Grand Prix has begun with the first Free Practice session. Carlos Sainz has started the weekend on ninth place, and as a matter of fact he has been the driver with the fewest laps on the opening training.
Temperatures remained cool (18ºC air, 22ºC track) as clouds covered the sky and rain stayed away of the track. The Spaniard from Toro Rosso was one of the last ones to join the action on track. He initially went for a set of medium tyres on which he completed a nine-lap stint around the 5,901 kilometer long circuit. He moved up to tenth in the first stage of the session, using the tyre compound that teams have to return to Pirelli after the first half an hour of work.
After his first stint, Carlos returned to the pits, where he stayed for quite a while before using the soft compound, the softest of all the available for the weekend. He set a 1'33"446 in a ten-lap stint. With this time, Carlos climbed to ninth, 1"873 away from Lewis Hamilton's time and just in front of his fellow countryman Fernando Alonso.
This way, Carlos was the driver that completed the less laps in the first free practice session, only 19, but still didn't suffer any major problems. In fact, he followed the working program designed by Scuderia Toro Rosso, who chose to save efforts for the next session.