He feels confident after sensing progress in the set-up work of his STR12
Silverstone, July 14th 2017.- The first day of the British Grand Prix is over and Carlos Sainz has set the eleventh fastest time of the afternoon session, in which he stopped the clock at 1’30”555. He was two tenths short from the symbolic Top 10.
Temperatures were higher than in the morning session. With the air at 18ºC and the track at 32ºC, cars enjoyed 90 minutes of practice on dry conditions under white, persistent clouds. Wind was strong too, which represented an extra difficulty for all drivers. Carlos waited seven minutes in his garage before joining the action on track. He begun on soft tyres, but on his second lap he went wide going into Becketts and damaged some components of his STR12.
After his mechanics had repaired his car, Carlos returned to the circuit on supersoft tyres. On his first flying lap, he stopped the clock at 1’30”555 to take the eleventh place. He returned to the pits two laps later, before performing a 20-lap race simulation on the final 27 minutes of the day. Precious time to gather data and optimize the set-up of his car going into Sunday.
After getting out of the car, Carlos was cautious but happy about his car and the work done today at Northamptonshire.
"Obviously quite a tricky Friday, like always at Silverstone. We had a FP1 session to assess the balance of the car. We managed to do some good progress for FP2, but unfortunately, I was caught up a bit by the changing conditions with the wind on my first run and it meant I couldn’t run a lot before putting the supersoft tyre. But even with that I think we managed a decent lap, which puts us quite close to the Top 10. We are not quite there yet, we still need to improve for tomorrow, but it is coming little by little".
Work will resume tomorrow for the third and final Free Practice session, which will begin at 11:00 Spanish time. Later, at 14:00, it will be time for the Qualifying session of the British Grand Prix. We will follow both sessions live via Carlos’ website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.