He completed 32 laps using the supersoft and the medium compounds
Mexico City, October 28th 2016.- Formula 1 roars throughout the Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, where earlier in the day Free Practice 1 for the Mexican GP took place. Carlos Sainz set the twelfth fastest lap of the opening session with a time of 1'22"563, but most important, he was able to complete 32 laps.
Clouds covered the sky as the day began, with weather conditions cooler than expected. It even drizzled in the last few minutes, although it was so minimal that the track stood dry until the chequered flag. Track temperature ranged from 20ºC to 25ºC, while the air was at 13ºC.
These weren't the ideal conditions one could have hoped for, but in the end the biggest headache for all drivers was the dust in the asphalt. Due to this inconveniency, grip levels weren't as good as desired. That's why Carlos began his program on a set of supersoft tyres, on which he made the installation lap plus a seven-lap run, which was interrupted by a red flag due to a front-wing failure in one of the Saubers.
The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso picked up again the very same tyres, which were already pretty worn out after the unavoidable drifting Carlos encountered due to the low grip. He did two more laps on them before visiting the pits to hand in the set to Pirelli.
Carlos didn't spend much time in the Pit-Lane. He went out in new mediums and completed a nine-lap run. It was during that stint that he set his fastest time overall, a 1'22"563 which brought him to the twelfth place in the standings. He still did 12 more laps on the same P-Zeros, 32 in total by the time the session came to a close.
Carlos set his fastest lap with the hardest compound available for the weekend, and that indeed was not the usual procedure for the rest of the grid. His teammate Daniil Kvyat was 348 milliseconds faster but made use of the soft option.
Free Practice 2 for the Mexican GP will commence at 14:00 local time, 21:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.