A crash compromises the Spaniard’s program
Suzuka, October 6th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished seventeenth in the first Free Practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix, a result which can’t be taken as a true representation of this weekend’s potenical since a crash prevented the Spaniard from showcasing his true level. He was three seconds short from the leader.
Despite bad weather forecasts, Suzuka woke up under a cloudy sky. With an air temperature of 18ºC and the track at 22ºC, the drivers found themselves in perfect conditions to try and prepare their set-ups for Sunday’s race.
Before the start of the session, team Toro Rosso confirmed that Carlos would be taking the sixth MGU-H of the season, the fifth ICE and the fifth turbo. As such, he will receive a 20 place penalty for the Starting Grid.
Carlos hit the track as soon as the lights went green. He did so on a set of medium tyres, equipped with a whole range of sensors to gather valuable information for the aerodynamic development of the STR12.
Carlos then returned to the pits and switched for supersofts, the fastest compound available for the weekend. He did a nine-lap run on them, starting on 1’32”939 and then improving up to 1’32”252.
With 35 minutes to go, Carlos’ practice came to an end. The Spaniard went off the track in the middle sector, causing a red flag in the process. Carlos was fourteenth at that time. He was in the third lap of his second supersoft stint.
The Japanese GP will resume later today at 14:00 local time (07:00 Spanish time) with the second Free Practice. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.