May 12, 2017

Carlos Sainz starts the Spanish GP in the Top 10

On his first appearance in the circuit, the Spaniard tests lots of bits and pieces on his STR12

Barcelona, May 12th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished tenth in the first Free Practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix, where the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso completed 21 laps with a personal best of 1:24.004.

Although weather forecasts didn’t rule out completely the chance of rain, the day began under clear blue skies on a perfect spring day, with 23 degrees of temperature in the air and the track at 32 degrees.

Just before the green light, Carlos showcased the special helmet he will use in his home Grand Prix. Designed by DaveArt and painted by Red Bull, the new design retains a bigger Spanish flag and incorporates the electric blue color that characterizes his STR12. "This is the surprise I had for this weekend", Carlos explained. "It has the colours of this year’s car, plus a much more visible number 55. Obviously, it has the Estrella Galicia logo, the chili and Maria de Villota’s star".

The Spaniard began with an installation lap on hard tyres, the most conservative tyre choice by Pirelli, to test that all the systems within his car were working fine. He retained the orange compound for a four-lap stint, stopping the clock at a symbolic 1:35 before moving on to other options.

By the halfway point of the session, Carlos began the second stage of his working program as he tested the medium compound. He used it in three different stints –five, three and eight laps- setting a fastest lap of 1:24.004 to clinch the tenth spot on the time sheets.
At the end of practice, the Spaniard shared his views. "A trouble-free start to the weekend, but it’s still too early to give any feedback on the compounds. We won’t draw  any conclusions until tonight together with the engineers. The track is slower and slippery than in preseason, as you could expect since temperatures are higher. We must keep on gathering information".

Free Practice 2 will begin this afternoon at 14:00 CEST. As always, we will follow then closely via and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.