The Spaniard completes 34 laps, mostly on soft tyres
Barcelona, May 12th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished tenth in the second Free Practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso completed 34 laps on a track that was slower than earlier in the day, also due to the intensity of the wind.
Temperatures in Free Practice 2 were higher than this morning, with 25 degrees in the air and 43 on track. Carlos waited seven minutes before hitting the track on medium tyres to clock a seven lap run, his fastest lap being a 1:24.641.
35 minutes into the session, the Toro Rosso moved to the soft tyres for the very first time and improved to 1:22.265 to clinch a provisional P8. It was his fastest lap of the day. Later in the session, he reused that very same set of tyres on further stints. On the seventh lap of his second run, Carlos went over the kerbs at the Turn 9 exit and the vibration broke an aerodynamic piece of his car, which stood in the middle of the car and forced a brief red flag period so the marshals could clean the debris. As the action resumed, Carlos carried on his work without any major issues. He did another 10 laps on that same compound.
In the end, the Spaniard drove a final run on medium tyres. The compound lasted longer, but was much slower. Carlos completed six laps on them to wrap-up a day in which he gathered lots of data that he will analyse now together with his engineers.
After stepping out of the STR12, Carlos was cautious about his conclusions but remained positive. "It was a quite difficult day. I think we were a bit surprised by the conditions, since the track was much slower than in winter testing and the wind made our life difficult. It wasn’t easy finding the balance, but in general I think we finished the day with some improvements. We can be positive for tomorrow".
The third and final Free Practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix will begin tomorrow at 11:00 local time, and we will follow it closely via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.