Jun 10, 2017

Carlos Sainz, tenth in Free Practice 3 at the Canadian GP

The goal is to make it to Q3 in Qualifying despite the similar level of the midfield

Montreal, June 10th 2017.- Carlos Sainz keeps on progressing at the Canadian Grand Prix. After missing the first Free Practice session and finishing thirteenth in the second one, today the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso was tenth in the third and final session held at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
With an air temperature of 19 degrees and the track at 29, Carlos waited 13 minutes before hitting the track on ultrasoft tyres. He performed a 11-lap run, clocking his fastest lap at the last of them to prove that tyres are stable and have low degradation. By that time, Carlos was fifth in the standings.

After spending 16 minutes in the pits, the Spaniard returned to the track on another set of brand new ultrasoft Pirelli tyres to set what would be his fastest lap of the morning: 1:13.667. He moved up to a P7 that later evolved into a P10 as the other cars improved. Carlos’ best lap arrived in the fifth lap of his stint, which was eight laps long. In total, the Spaniard did 22.

After getting out of the STR12, Carlos felt optimistic going into Qualifying but didn’t forget about the difficulties of this particular weekend. "Now I am in P10, which is good news since it means that we have done a step forward compared to yesterday, when we were thirteenth. This result makes us dream about what could happen in Qualifying if we manage to put together a perfect lap, although we believe it will be more difficult than this morning. Once that is done, we will have to think about fuel consumption, which is a very important aspect here. Yesterday we had to save a lot of fuel on the long runs and I guess tomorrow will be more of the same. So far we haven’t had any issues with the brakes, but everything is possible in a 70-lap race. But first things first, I will attack in Qualifying", he said.

The Qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix will begin at 13:00 local time, 19:00 CEST. We will keep an eye on Carlos’ progress via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.