Long and short runs both on soft and medium tyres for the Spaniard
Sao Paulo, November 11th 2016.- Formula 1 roars in Interlagos, where today the first Free Practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix took place. Carlos Sainz set the eleventh fastest time. It's true that he fell 1"811 seconds short from leader Lewis Hamilton, but what it's important is that he was able to gain over 94 kilometers of experience around the track.
Despite weather forecasts warned about the risk of rain, the truth is that Friday started on a sunny fashion. This provided warmer conditions than expected, with the air at 28ºC and track temperature between 40ºC and 45ºC.
The sun also provided an excellent opportunity to run on dry conditions and learn important lessons. Carlos began his work from the very first minute. He completed his installation lap on medium tyres and, before reaching the 30-minutes mark and having to return that set to Pirelli, he used it again in two runs of four and five laps respectively, setting a personal best of 1'14"700.
Halfway into the session, the driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso returned to the track. This time he was on soft tyres. He did a four-laps run, achieving what would be his fastest time of the morning: 1'37"711. After visiting the pits for a few minutes, the Spaniard began a long run (12 laps) on that very same set to evaluate its performance and wear-ratio.
By the time the chequered flag appeared, Carlos was eleventh. He was very close to the Top 10, which tomorrow will be his goal in the Qualifying session. His teammate in Toro Rosso, Daniil Kvyat, was twelfth and three tenths slower than the Spaniard.
Free Practice 2 for the Brazilian GP will commence at 14:00 local time, 17:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.