He completes 27 laps, all of them on medium tyres
Suzuka, October 7th 2016.- Formula 1 engines fired up and roared again, this time in the Suzuka circuit, home to the Japanese GP. The opening Free Practice session was a busy one from the beginning with lots of action going on track and Carlos Sainz was no stranger to the rule. The Spaniard from Scuderia Toro Rosso clocked the twelfth fastest time (1'35"672) as a part of a 27-lap testing program around the 5.807 meters long track.
The day began in sunny conditions, but some clouds covered the sky at first. This kept the track in cooler conditions than expected. Air temperature was 23 degrees and the asphalt was 35. The circuit was green for a while and that caused grip issues for a while, although this later improved as the session went on.
In Carlos' case, the Spaniard used two of the three medium tyres sets he has for the weekend. He made good use of them. On the first one, he completed his installation lap plus an 8-lap stint and a further lap to check-up the car. Later on he picked up the second set, setting his fastest lap on a 5-lap run. He finally visited the pits for a moment before embarking on a 12-lap run.
Carlos didn't encounter any major issues. He was indeed the sixth most active driver of the morning.
Free Practice 2 for the Japanese Grand Prix will begin at 07:00 Spanish time. As usual, we will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.