Rain threat rushed him into his program; session was stopped by a red flag
Montreal, June 11th 2016.- Carlos Sainz was seventh in the third and final Free Practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, a positive sign ahead of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's Qualifying.
Weather forecasts were precise and today the sky was cloudier than yesterday. There were thin showers along the session, but the track didn't water up completely and temperatures stood cold at 15ºC (air) and 21ºC (asphalt surface).
Just as many other drivers, Carlos rushed into his working routine just in case rain appeared and left them in pits. He started on a Supersoft compound, on which he did 10 laps. He then moved to an Ultrasoft one to set his personal weekend record, a 1'14"655 that was 736 milliseconds short of leader Sebastian Vettel.
The Spaniard from Toro Rosso returned to the track on the same set of used Ultrasofts, but this time for a 21-lap stint. A crash by Kevin Magnussen with seven minutes remaining on the clock forced a red flag period and ultimately the chequered flag, as there was not time enough to clean up the track. Race Direction chose to stop Free Practice 3 with 5 minutes and 37 seconds still remaining on the clock.