May 26, 2016

Carlos Sainz, sixth on the ultrasofts in Monaco's Free Practice 2

The Spaniard completes long runs on the two quickest compounds by Pirelli

Monaco, May 26th 2016.- Carlos Sainz has carried with him the good sensations he had had this morning to finish sixth this afternoon in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso worked both with the supersoft and the ultrasoft tyres, the two compounds which appear to be the logic choice for Sunday's race.

Carlos did 54 laps, 27 of them on the supersofts and the remaining 27 on the ultrasofts. He used a single set of each compound. He started with a 12-lap stint on supersofts during which he climbed up to third with a 1'16"246 time. He later moved on to the ultrasoft choice for a short run of only 7 laps. He improved twice, first to 1'16"005 and later on to 1'15"981 on the last lap before his return to the Pit-Lane. Then the Spaniard went out again on the same purple tyres for a 15-lap race simulation, on which he drove at a constant pace. Completed that phase of the program, he returned to his box to fit the earlier set of the supersoft choice and start a 14-lap run on them. He even had time to go back to the ultrasofts for one last time and do a 5-lap run.

Free Practice 2 was interrupted twice by the Virtual Safety-Car procedure. On the first time it was because of Rio Haryanto's Manor crash at the Harbour Chicane. On the second one, the cause was an accident of Kevin Magnussen's Renault at Anthony Noghès.

These were the first quotes from Carlos:

"I enjoyed it a lot out there today! To have a smooth Thursday in Monaco is always important in order to build-up your confidence for the rest of the weekend. The track is really fast compared to last year and the lap times are coming down nicely… It feels like we’re pushing the Formula 1 cars back to really challenging times! I was a bit surprised with the amount of degradation on the Ultrasofts, which won’t be easy to handle, but it will be the same for everyone and we will see what we can do in the race. We were able to complete our programme and had no issues throughout the day, so we can be pretty happy with our start to the Monaco Grand Prix".

Tomorrow Friday there won't be any activity in Monaco. Formula 1 will enjoy a two day break before returning on Saturday for the third and final free practice session. It will begin at 11:00 and it will be the prelude of the Qualifying session, which will commence at 14:00.