Aug 27, 2016

Carlos Sainz tests potential improvements for his STR11 during Free Practice 3 at the Belgian GP

He will analyze together with his engineers which are the best ones for Qualifying

Francorchamps, August 27th 2016.- The third and final Free Practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix came to a close with Carlos Sainz on 17th place, the Spaniard focused on polishing his set-up for this afternoon's Qualifying session, on which the starting order will be decided.

The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso didn't get to run in his usual positions, which are the Top 10 and its surroundings, but instead chose to use this session to test small improvements that could boost his time in Qualifying. The Spaniard remains cautious as the STR11 struggles at Spa, a power hungry track, precisely the weakest point of his car.

Carlos' hope is that many cars hold a very similar rythm, and as such he will give his very best try to find these hundreds of a second that could place him in a better place in the starting grid, and enable him to face the race in a more comfortable condition.

He explained it this way when he jumped off of his car. "The feeling hasn't changed that much compared to yesterday, but our hope is that we find ourselves in a pretty tight area and a small improvement could represent many positions. But yes, we are still struggling".

It was an intense session regarding the work done with the engineers, despite that he only had nine laps to try and test different solutions. "We have to test all sort of things to see where we can improve. Now we will check what we tested and see if something can help us later. It's important to run every positive element, even if the improvement is marginal, because we are in such a tight environment that if we want to score points tomorrow there's a big difference between starting 13th or 17th".

A driver's work is dependent of his car, and in this circuit the struggle is significant despite everybody's efforts. "This is such a power circuit that although you can try to recover lost ground in the middle sector, you can't do any miracles, especially in such a hot and dry day. Each car does as it can and Daniil and I are very close in that area".

Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix will commence later today at 14:00 Spanish time. We will cover it live via and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.