Jul 7, 2017

Carlos Sainz sees improvement after being P15 in Free Practice 2 at Austrian GP

He cancelled his long-run after going over the kerbs and scratching the floor of his STR12

Spielberg, July 7th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished fifteenth in the second Free Practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso we wrapped-up his working program earlier than expected due to damage on the floor of his car, but he still had time to complete 24 laps, his fastest being a 1’07”100 that left him four tenths away from the Top 10.

Although FIA’s weather service had issued an 80% risk of rain warning ahead of the session, that risk never turned into a reality and all drivers could drive on optimum dry conditions to carry on with the preparation of their cars.

The lack of grip was a recurrent issue from the very first minute up until the very last. Just as it had happened earlier in the morning, many drivers went off the circuit trying to find the limits. This scenario is expected to change as the weekend advances and there’s more rubber laid on the track. Carlos also struggled with traffic in Sector 3 in his two flying laps.

Carlos’ program included an initial eight-lap stint on supersofts, which was useful to further complement the development work he done earlier in Free Practice 1. Before returning to the pits, he improved his morning time by four tenths as he stopped the clock at 1:07.283. Later, he picked-up the ultrasofts for the very first time in this event. He started with an eight-lap stint, in which he set his fastest lap of the day –1:07.100– after warming-up his tyres for several laps.

Carlos stuck to the very same set of Pirellis for his race simulation, but he cancelled his stint after seven laps. His STR12 went over the kerbs at Turn 9. The Spaniard quickly regained control of his car, but while trying to return to the track the height of the kerbs scratched the floor of the car. This forced the driver to pay a visit to the pits so the mechanics could have a look.

After getting out of his STR12, Carlos expressed his views about his first day at the Austrian Grand Prix.
"It has been a tricky Friday, not only for us but for many, many teams and many drivers out there. We need to learn. We know we are lacking a bit of pace from what we would like to, but not as much as the timing shows. I’m confident that for tomorrow we can be closer to the Top 10 and that with a few changes we can keep improving".

The third and final Free Practice session will be held tomorrow at 11:00 local time, while Qualifying will begin at 14:00. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos’ progress via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.