Nov 11, 2016

Carlos Sainz, the most active driver in Free Practice 2 at Brazil GP

He finished with the thirteenth fastest time overall and tied with two other rivals in mileage

Sao Paulo, November 11th 2016.- Carlos Sainz finished the second Free Practice session for the Brazil Grand Prix in thirteenth place, his fastest lap being a solid 1:13.801. The Spaniard fell 1'5 seconds short from the leaders and he was only two tenths away from the tenth place, which will be tomorrow's goal in the Qualifying session as he fights for a Q3 spot. The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso completed 47 laps, which added to the ones he had done this morning translate into 297 kilometers in total for the day.

Just as in Free Practice 1, the weather forecasts were wrong and the rain didn’t appear at the Interalgos circuit. It was a dry session from the start to the end. Track temperature went from 47ºC to 51ºC, while the air temperature stood regular at 30ºC, two degrees hotter than this morning.

Carlos worked both with the soft and the medium compound, doing short runs at first before moving on to a race simulation program to evaluate just how strong his Toro Rosso STR11 is around the fabled Brazilian circuit. He began with a nine-lap run, setting a personal best of 1'15"0. Moments later he switched to softs and climbed to thirteenth with a 1'13"801. It was set on a five-lap run.

From then on, the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso focused on the longer runs. He covered 19 laps on the same old mediums he had used earlier and later he picked up again the softs to do another 14 laps on them. This way, by the time the chequered flag appeared his set of mediums had covered 28 laps and the soft one 19.

Carlos concluded Free Practice 2 as the most active driver around, tied at 47 laps with Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Renault's Kevin Magnussen.

These were Carlos words as he got out of his car.

"It was a bit of a scrappy Friday if we compare it to the last two, but it still hasn't been a bad day. During this morning's FP1 we were not able to run as much as we wanted due to some cooling issues, but these were solved for FP2. We had some catch-up to do this afternoon but in the end we were able to complete our programme, and that's what counts. This is a challenging track, particularly the last sector, which is flat-out and up-hill and where we lose a bit of time. Despite this, we are still in the fight and I feel comfortable in the car."

The third and final Free Practice session for the Brazil GP will commence tomorrow at 11:00 local time, 14:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.