The Spaniard sets his mind to Q3 after his first laps with the supersoft tyres
Sakhir, April 15th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished ninth in the third Free Practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the prologue of the Qualifying session that will begin later today. Carlos underwent a complete evaluation of the supersoft compound to anticipate its potential performance in the upcoming phases of the event.
Free Practice 3 was held in day-light conditions, with an air temperature of 34ºC and the track at 37ºC. Higher values than the ones expected for this night.
Carlos’ priority was to do as many laps as possible to make-up for the lost-running of yesterday’s Free Practice 2, a session in which a technical issue prevented him from trying the supersoft tyres. The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso accomplished his goal: 18 laps, 17 of them on the fastest compound.
The Spaniard began his afternoon with an installation lap on medium tyres, the most conservative option, to check that the repair-work had been effective and that his STR12 was again in full swing.
A few minutes later, he exited the pits on supersofts and clocked a five-lap run. His first one, 1’34”219, was good enough to clinch the first spot of the time-sheets for a while. After visiting the pits, he returned to the track for a seven-lap stint that concluded with the red flag caused by Romain Grosjean’s spin.
In the last minutes of the session, Carlos picked up a second set of supersofts to perform a Qualifying simulation. His fastest lap was 1:33.604 and gave him the ninth spot on the standings.
Carlos thinks there is potential for Q3.
"For now it seems like Q3 is within our reach. We will have to see how much the Williams, McLarens and Force Indias improve, then we will really see if it is possible or not".
"Being at the pace of my teammate leaves me quite satisfied, considering the little running we had yesterday. The only thing is that I still haven’t been in the most important conditions, which are the ones we will see this afternoon. It may be that I find myself in a car or a track that is totally different. We will have to deal with it!".
Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix will begin at 18:00 local time, 17:00 Spanish time. As always, we will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.