16 laps more in preparation for Qualifying
Austin, October 21st 2017.- Carlos Sainz set the eighth fastest time in the last Free Practice session of the United States Grand Prix. The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team completed 16 laps more in his preparation with his new car and accomplished the program his engineers had prepared for him ahead of the Qualifying session, which will decide the Starting Grid for the seventeenth round of the 2017 Formula One World Championship.
Weather was good good, with clear blue skies and an air temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The track was at 34 degrees. It was a windy start of the day at the Circuit of the Americas, which compromised the behaviour of the all cars, whose aerodynamics are very sensible to these conditions.
Carlos left the garage at 11:05 local time, five minutes into the session. He did so on a set of ultrasoft tyres and completed a five-lap run. He was the leader of the session for a brief moment, but moment later descended to the eighth place as his rivals put together their first laps.
After a short stay in pits, Carlos hit the track at the halfway point of practice on the same set of ultrasoft tyres that he used moments earlier. He had to way for marshals to clear the track, since Romain Grosjean had lost his car and caused a Virtual Safety-Car. In his second run, he completed seven laps.
Six minutes before the chequered flag, the Spaniard embarked himself in his last stint. On ultrasoft tyres, he did a Qualifying simulation and clocked a 1:35.650 lap. It was enough to clinch the eighth place in the standings. He finished 42 milliseconds short from the other RS17. The last run was five laps long.
Coming up next is the Qualifying session, which will begin at 16:00 local time –23:00 Spanish time–. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.