He expects a tough Q3 battle in Qualifying
Spielberg, July 8th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished tenth in the third and final Free Practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix, in which the Spaniard completed 19 laps and improved by ninth tenths of a second his Friday’s fastest time. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso stopped the watch at 1:06.284.
The day began with clear blue skies in Spielberg, without any sign of the rain that had been forecasted earlier this week. This provided teams with the optimum weather conditions to complete their Qualifying simulations ahead of this afternoon’s session.
It wasn’t an easy start for Carlos. In his installation lap, the Spaniard stopped his Toro Rosso in the straight that leads to Turn 3 due to an issue with a connector cable of his STR12. He tried to start the engine using the hybrid system of his power unit, but it was not possible. Luckily, the crane returned the car to the Pit-Lane and mechanics could finish their repair-work with 30 minutes still to go on the clock.
Carlos then compressed his working program into two nine-lap stints on ultrasoft tyres to make the most out of the remaining time. In the first one, he steadily picked up his pace until reaching a 1:06.332 lap. In the second run, he used the very same set of tyres and improved to 1:06.284, his fastest lap of the weekend so far.
Carlos is cautious ahead of the Q3 battle as he gave his views about what happened this morning. “I think it was a connector that was not properly connected. That costed us a lot of time. These things shouldn’t be happening by now, but we solved it and we could get back on track", he said.
"If you analyse the standings, it seems we’ve taken a step forward compared to yesterday. Our rivals will take it too before Qualifying, so it will be very tight as usual. It looks like Haas is ahead of us, their two cars are”.
Carlos will hit the track once again at 14:00 local time for the Qualifying session of the Austrian Grand Prix. As usual, we will track his progress via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.