Carlos Sainz completed a single installation lap
Suzuka, October 6th 2017.- From the very first minute up to the very last, rain was the main star of the second Free Practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix. Its presence compromised the working program of Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard did a single installation lap as he concluded that it was not worth the risk to get more mileage in difficult track-conditions.
Weather forecasts were right and rain arrived at the Suzuka circuit. Its intensity forced Race Direction to delay "indefinitely" the start of the session. The Safety-Car inspected the track on numerous occasions and practice began 45 minutes later than expected.
Since experts say that it won’t rain during the race, many drivers chose to stay in pits and avoid the risk of a potential crash, all while saving precious mileage for their power-units. Plus, tomorrow it could rain and each driver has only three sets of full-wet tyres. Still, Carlos Sainz chose to appear on track.
The Spaniard completed an installation lap around 15:15, enough to check that the repair-work had been effective after the crash he had experienced in the morning session. One lap was enough to reach this conclusion, so Carlos returned to the pits and called it a day so his engineers could analyse everything. As he found his way back to the garage, he sent a radio message to thank his team’s efforts.
As he attended the members of the press, the driver regretted the intensity of the rain.
"Today was a strange day. I was working as usual in the first Free Practice session until, suddenly, I lost the back of the car as I exited the hairpin and I hit the wall. Luckily, my team could get the car repaired on time for the second session. There was heavy standing water on track. When it eased a bit, I put together one installation-lap. Nobody could drive as usual, so we will try to compensate that lack of mileage with the work of our engineers looking ahead to Saturday’s Qualifying and Sunday’s race".
The Japanese Grand Prix will continue tomorrow Saturday with the third and final Free Practice session, which will begin at 12:00 local time -05:00 Spanish time-. Qualifying will follow at 15:00 -08:00-. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.