Oct 8, 2016

Carlos Sainz suffers a technical issue in Free Practice 3 for the Japanese GP

Despite a battery problem, Toro Rosso looks set to solve it on time for Qualifying

Suzuka, October 8th 2016.- Qualifying day didn’t start in the best possible fashion for Carlos Sainz, whose car suffered a technical glitch in the battery during the third and final Free Practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. It was a brand new specification, as it was the very first session in which it was used. Carlos could only complete a slow-lap before returning to the pits and now the team works tirelessly to be prepared for Qualifying, which will decide tomorrow’s starting grid.

For Carlos, the good news is that the track was dump after the rains of last night. In consequence, the conditions of the circuit were different than the ones expected for later in the day and so the mileage covered in this practice was not so relevant. Ambient temperature was 24ºC and the asphalt was at 26ºC, with an important chance of rain throughout the session that never materialized.  Chances are slimmer for Qualifying, which is expected to be completely dry.

Today Carlos used a brand new battery and a new electronic control unit. Both of them were the fifth unit of the year, the last ones. Nevertheless, the battery suffered a few problems and that's why Carlos had to return to the Pit-Lane earlier than expected after covering only three laps on his only remaining set of medium tyes.

Next up in the Japanese GP is Qualifying, where the starting order for the race will be determined. It will begin at 08:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.