He completed 32 trouble-free laps on soft and supersoft tyres
Spielberg, July 7th 2017.- Carlos Sainz started his participation in this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix with a thirteenth place in the first Free Practice session, where his fastest lap was 1:07.633 lap. The midfield was very tight, with the gap between the seventh and the fourteenth driver being of only three tenths of a second. In total, Carlos completed 32 laps at the wheel of his Toro Rosso.
Spielberg awoke with clear blue skies, even though rain forecasts remain for the afternoon session. The first one was held in optimum conditions for the first encounter of the drivers with the circuit home to the ninth round on the calendar, even though its surface was still very green.
In Carlos’ case, it was a productive morning as he adjusted a car with several changes in comparison with the one seen two weeks ago at the Azerbaijan GP.
Carlos hit the track as soon as the lights went green. After his installation lap, he returned to the Pit-Lane. His mechanics thought it would be useful to perform a second stint, this one two laps long, to ensure that everything was fine within the car before moving on to the next chapter of the working program.
Always with the same set of soft tyres, Carlos peformed an eight-lap run and stopped the clock at 1:08.8 as the session reached its halfway point. He later worked on the supersoft compound, first with a twelve-lap run and then with another one of nine laps. He progressively picked up his pace until setting his 1:07.633 lap.
The second Free Practice session will begin at 14:00 Spanish time. As always, we will follow it closely via Carlos’ webpage www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.