He worked on his set-up and completed his program 15 minutes earlier than expected
Montmeló, March 7th 2018.- Carlos Sainz enjoyed a productive morning of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where he finished in seventh place with a fastest lap of 1:20.042. The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team was the quickest driver on Medium tyres, but the most important thing is that he was able to run 88 trouble-free laps and work on the set-up of his car.
Carlos feels today was a good day at the wheel of the R.S.18. “We made some important steps forward. I feel more confident in the car. Up until today we still had to test some things, but now I can already say that we are on the right path. We didn’t have any issues and we completed our program 15 minutes earlier than expected. I could test some set-ups, return to the baseline and test again… A productive morning!”
Weather conditions were helpful. “If we talk about track-conditions, temperatures and wind, today was the most representative morning of the whole winter test. The wind was not as strong as yesterday. This was helpful to gather more laps and to start testing some things in the car. I felt more comfortable”.
Carlos got a good impression of the RS18. He still has two more days of testing ahead of him. He is yet to run on the ultrasoft and hypersoft compounds as he warms-up for some performance running.
“The baseline of the car is good, but we want to improve it starting from tomorrow. We want to start working for the Australian GP. We will receive some new bits in the upcoming days. We want to test them and make sure that they work fine, then we will look for performance. We haven’t pushed for a fast-lap yet. I would also like to try the softest tyre compounds”.
Charity meet & greet with fans
Carlos left his car in the hands of his teammate Nico Hülkenberg, who completed 102 laps in the afternoon session. Carlos worked together with his team, but he still found a moment to get together with a group of fans who participated in a charity tour around the Circuit. The Spaniard answered his questions together with journalist Josep Lluis Merlos, before signing autographs and taking photos with them. “Thank you all for coming here, because aside from getting to know the Circuit you will help make life easier for kids in hospital”.
Tickets costed 100 euros each and all benefits will go to Fundación Juegaterapia, a charity of which Carlos is an active collaborator. This organization provide fun and entertainment for kids in hospital.
Tomorrow testing will resume at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Carlos will drive the R.S.18 during the afternoon session. We will follow Carlos’ via his official Social Media profiles and his website www.carlosainz.es.