Jul 21, 2016

Carlos Sainz, ready for Free Practice at the Hungaroring

His goal for tomorrow will be to find out how each tyre behaves in this track

Magyoród, July 21st 2016.- Carlos Sainz is impatient to jump in his Toro Rosso STR11 and start the first Free practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula 1. That will be tomorrow, as for today he held the first meetings with the engineers and did the traditional track-walk around the circuit where this weekend he'll be fighting for points.

On top of that, the Spaniard driver was invited to participate in FIA's Thursday Press Conference and he answered the questions of the media attending the event.

Carlos went through the characteristics of Budapest's circuit. "It is an interesting circuit. For the driver, it is important to get up to speed. We only have one Qualifying lap, so it is difficult to find that rhythm. On hard tyres, you end up being muck faster after ten laps because you do a lap after another and you get the right feeling from the car. That is why is so difficult to get a lap right in Qualifying, because you have to be fast straightaway".

The track has been resurfaced, as it has been widely reported. "The asphalt is very similar to the one in Austria. They've got rid of the majority of the bumps, there were many here. With so many turns and with this heat, it can be a weekend with many pit-stops".

The goal for Free Practice 1 is to find the optimum set-up and discover how each Pirelli compound works around the place. "First, we want to test the tyres. It will be key to see how the soft and the supersoft behave. We want to make sure and see what goes well and what goes wrong".

"Here, we bring a very different car to the one we had in Silverstone. Not so different on the aerodynamics, but on the mechanical side. And we think we can be in the right direction. What we tested in the Silverstone tests [new engine cover] was only for cooling purposes, it didn't have anything to do with performance".

Finally, Carlos talked about the future evolution of the STR11. "For Germany we expect a technical upgrade, the first one in ten races. It will be the first evolution and then there will be another one, though that one will be smaller. It is our effort to try to compensate what the other teams have been gaining from the engine".

Tomorrow, action will begin at the Hungaroring with Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 at 10:00 and 14:00 respectively, Spanish time. We will follow it via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.