The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso, in the mid-field battle
Suzuka, October 7th 2017.- Carlos Sainz set the thirteenth fastest time of the third and final Free Practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Carlos completed 23 laps in total and finished five tenths short from the seventh place, with a fastest lap-time of 1’30”799.
Luckily for all teams, the day began under clear blue skies at Suzuka. Drivers found themselves in perfect weather conditions, a completely different story to the one seen during Free Practice 2 on Friday.
Carlos hit the track as the lights went green. He did so on a set of soft tyres, on which he completed an installation lap and then an eleven-lap run. His best lap-time, a 1:33.992, put him on a provisional twelfth place. He returned to the garage earlier than expected because of the red flag caused by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.
As the green flag was waved again, Sainz switched to the supersoft compound. He was about to set a new fastest-lap when Kimi Räikkönen went off in the middle sector, causing the second red-flag moment of the day.
The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso had time to clock a five-lap run on used supersoft tyres, then a five-lap run on a brand-new set before the chequered flag. His best time, a 1:30.799, puts him very close of his main competitors.
The Japanese GP will resume later today with the Qualifying session, which will begin at 15:00 local time (08:00). As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.