He ends last practice as the fastest driver on Full-Wet tyres
Carlos Sainz finished Free Practice 3 for the Chinese Grand Prix on a solid fourth place. The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver set a 1'58"800 and was the fastest driver around on the Full-Wet tyre compound.
Unlike most of his rivals, Carlos chose not to use the Intermediate tyres for this session. He was the most active driver on track, an honor shared with Kevin Magnussen. Both completed nine laps on a single Full-Wet set.
Carlos moved up to fourth with his first fast lap, though track dried up and that enabled other cars to improve his time. Later on the Spaniard headed out on track on the same tyres and with four minutes still to go raised his pace to regain fourth place. He held it until the end.
Carlos ran an aerodynamic set-up which represents a halfway point between the configurations tested yesterday. After stepping out of the STR11, he explained why Toro Rosso had chosen not to use Intermediates, unlike his rivals.
"It's likely that we'll have rain in Qualifying, not that likely for the race. These conditions are a good chance for us, so we want to make the most out of Qualifying. That's why we wanted to save as many Intermediate tyres as possible".
Talking about the rear wing he'll use, explains: "Having more wing is helpful for Qualifying. For the race we'd like to use the lower one, but it's hard for Qualifying. We'll study this matter and soon decide which we use".
"We want rain. Firstly because it's fun, I enjoy myself more, but we also have the opportunity to do a bit better if rain is around. I wouldn't matter if it rains. If it rains a lot, we don't have that many full-wet tyres. But if it stays like now, we have more intermediates. Let's go for it".
Qualifying session will begin at 09:00 Spanish time, 15:00 local time in Shanghai.