Oct 21, 2017

Carlos Sainz, optimistic after his first practice day with Renault

He covered 297 kilometres across the Friday sessions, finishing eleventh in Free Practice 2

Austin, October 20th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished eleventh in the second Free Practice session of the United States Grand Prix, where he sustained the good momentum he carried with him from the morning session. In Free Practice 2, Carlos completed 30 laps around the Circuit of the Americas and set a fastest time of 1:36.529.

The session went underway under a clear blue sky, with an air temperature of 27 degrees and the track at 34, perfect weather conditions to work on the set-up of the car. The Spaniard focused on getting to know the Renault RS17 in his first weekend as an official race-driver for Renault Sport F1 Team.
Carlos completed the day without any major issues. He was able to follow the testing program as expected. He covered 165 kilometres on his new car this afternoon, which transform into 297 when adding the 132 he had already completed this morning. Together, they represent almost a complete race distance: 297 kilometres.

The Spaniard hit the track five minutes into the session on a set of supersoft tyres, on which he put together a seven-lap run. His fastest lap was 1’38"535. After a short visit to the pits, he clocked another six laps on the same set.

When practice was reaching its halfway point, Carlos picked-up the ultrasoft compound for his first and only stint of the day with the pink option. His first timed-lap was also his fastest of the day: 1:36.529. It was enough to claim the eleventh place in the standings, just in front of his teammate.

In the last few minutes, Carlos hit the track on supersofts for a final eleven-lap stint, preceded by a drive through the pits to practice the start at the end of the Pit-Lane.

After getting out of the RS17, Carlos gave his views after his first day as a Renault driver.
"I am happy. I have tried to stay calm at the wheel and keep everything under control so I could learn and avoid mistakes. I’ve picked-up my pace progressively and in the end I went fast. It has been a good start".

Carlos explained that today’s work was intense. "We have tested many different aero set-ups, changing lots of things during the session. This is why I can’t take today’s results as a reference, but it’s positive to be at the level", he said.

"My adaptation will continue tomorrow, as we go low on fuel. I prefer to stay cautious and not set any goals, although the car has Q3 chances. Other cars have proven to be fast in this track, but we will try", he concluded.

The United States GP will continue tomorrow Saturday with the third and final Free Practice session followed by Qualifying. They will take place at 11:00 and 16:00 local time, 18:00 and 23:00 Spanish time. We will keep you updated as always via Carlos’ official website, www.carlosainz.es, and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.