He has saved as many sets of tyres as possible for tomorrow’s event
Suzuka, October 7th 2017.- Carlos Sainz’s Qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix was compromised right before the start. Scuderia Toro Rosso replaced some elemnts of the Spaniard’s power-unit and, as such, he was given a 20 place penalty for Sunday’s event. Carlos will start from the bottom of the grid, but he has managed to save several sets of tyres all while maintain himself as the leading car of his team.
With the air temperature at 22 degrees and the track at 25, Carlos started the session in eleventh place thanks to a 1:30.565 lap. He picked-up a new set of supersofts with five minutes to go, but Romain Grosjean’s crash prevented him from improving his time. He was in a comfortable position to ensure a spot in the following round. His edge over his teammate, who fell in Q1, was 752 milliseconds.
In Q2, Carlos picked-up an old set of supersofts and clocked an early 1:31.121. He returned to the pits and rejoined with three minutes to go, still on used tyres. Although he knew he wouldn’t fight for a competitive spot, he still managed to improve to a 1:30.413, his fastest time of the weekend. He was fifteenth.
Carlos explained afterwards that he had followed a conservative strategy to try and prepare himself for tomorrow’s race. Today, fighting for a competitive spot in the Starting Grid was not possible because of his penalty.
"We went on track trying to make it to Q2 and we made it. Once we got there, we used a single set of old tyres to save new ones for tomorrow. We’ve made a few practice starts, even though I really love Qualifyings! But itw as the only thing we could do. Now I’m all about the race. It will be difficult to overtake, but we will do our very best".
"We have a few sets of tyres for tomorrow to try and fight back. We want to have as many chances as possible, because overtaking is difficult here. That’s why we didn’t use new tyres in Q2. Had we done that, we would have set a good 1:30 lap but still that wouldn’t have meant much with the penalty", Carlos concluded.
The Japanese Grand Prix will start tomorrow Sunday at 14:00 (07:00 Spanish time). We will follow Carlos closely via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.