Apr 15, 2016

Carlos Sainz, P7 in Free Practice 1 for the Chinese GP

Not too much mileage as rivals' suffer tyre issues

Shanghai, April 15th 2016.- The Chinese Grand Prix started today without any bad surprises for Carlos Sainz, who managed to finish on seventh place with a 1'39''676 as his best time, 1'639 away from the fastest man of the morning.

Scuderia Toro Rosso's driver used the Medium compound on his installation lap and on his first stint, and later moved to Softs for his final run. In the end, he clocked 12 laps, less than was expected as the session was interrupted in three occasions because of failures in the rear left tyre of other cars.

Felipe Massa's tyre came off the rim and later on the session lost pressure on it, while Kevin Magnussen suffered a puncture and broke his rear left suspension while approaching the braking zone of the long back straight.

Free Practice 2 will begin at 08:00 CET, 14:00 in China.