The Spaniard finished ninth despite driving on harder tyres than his rivals
Montecarlo, May 25th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished ninth in the first Free Practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, which was held on Thursday morning in the most famous urban circuit in the world. His fastest lap was 1:14.333 was just nine tenths short from leader’s Lewis Hamilton.
Clouds covered the sky at the early hours of the day, but the weather service sent out a message of calm by assuring that the risk of rain was non-existent. Its forecast was correct and the session went underway with typical spring conditions, with the air temperature at 22 degrees and the track at 34.
Carlos kick-started his day with an installation lap, which enabled him to check the systems and reliability of his STR12. The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso completed that lap on the hardest compound he has available for the weekend, the soft one.
Unlike his rivals, Carlos didn’t focus on the ultrasoft tyre and instead turned his attention to the supersoft one in his aim to have a better understanding of this rubber and save the purple P-Zeros for a later stage of the event, when track-conditions are more representative to the ones expected for Qualifying and the Race.
Carlos completed two long runs, both of them on supersofts. On the first one, which was 16 laps, he began with a quiet 1:20 but quickly improved as he gained confidence both in his car and the track. After establishing a 1:17.6, he lowered it first to 1:16.6 and then to 1:14.9 to return to the pits on a provisional third place.
In his second run, which was 12 laps long, the Spaniard managed to improve his fastest lap by six tenths as he clocked a 1:14.3. He finished within the Top 10 despite running on harder tyres than his rivals. In the closing minutes of the session, Carlos picked-up that very same set of Pirellis for a final stint, shorter than the previous ones.
Free Practice 2 for the Monaco Grand Prix will begin at 14:00 CEST. As usual, we will follow Carlos’ progress closely via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.