He was the second driver with the most laps completed today
Mexico City, October 28th 2016.- Carlos Sainz finished Free Practice 2 for the Mexican Grand Prix in an interesting ninth place, with a 1'20"974 lap as his fastest time overall. The Spaniard completed 46 laps around the track, which added to this morning’s mileage translate into a total of 355 kilometers.
The track temperature was warmer than in Free Practice 1, averaging 34ºC. This session was also characterized by the fact that the track was cleaner than this morning. Teams made the most out of the improving conditions and in consequence the afternoon was filled with action up and down the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which was a busy place at times.
In Carlos case, he began his program on a set of soft tyres. He completed eight laps on them, slowly picking up his rhythm. He was one of the very first drivers to run on this compound. He later went for the supersofts, setting a 1'20"974 lap which would be good enough to clinch the ninth spot on the standings.
After six laps, Carlos visited the pits before starting a long stint on the same compound. It resisted for 15 laps. Finally, the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso returned to the softs to fulfill a 23-lap run, a true race practice.
Carlos was the second driver with the most laps completed today around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez, matching leader’s Nico Rosberg statistic and only behind Jolyon Palmer.
After leaving the car, the Spaniard gave his views about the day while maintaining cautious as always regarding his options for the Mexican race. “I’d say it’s been an interesting Friday. In particular, with the supersoft tyre being introduced here this year and the fact that the track temperatures have been super low today, I think it’s been a very challenging day – not only for us but for the whole grid. Hopefully this will create some opportunities for us on Sunday. At the moment we’ve performed well – inside the top ten – but we can’t forget that it’s only Friday, we know that things can change quickly on Saturdays. The good thing is that we’ve started the weekend positively and we will remain calm, work hard, extract the maximum out of the car and see where we end up!”, said Carlos.
Tomorrow action will resume at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez with the third and final Free Practice session, which will begin at 10:00 local time, 17:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.