He didn’t test the supersoft compound after an exhaust-related issue in his fifth lap
Sakhir, April 14th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished eighteenth in Free Practice 2 at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but the result was not importance since the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso suffered a technical glitch in his fifth lap. The issue he encountered forced him to stop track-side and wave good-bye to to the day.
Free Practice 2 is a crucial session in Sakhir. It is the only running available in night conditions, the conditions in which Qualifying and the Race will be held. With the track temperature around 30ºC, it was the moment to discover how the STR12 behaved in the long-turns and see how it handled the different tyre compounds.
Carlos started his afternoon with a set of soft tyres and set a 1’34"072 lap. Nevertheless, in his fifth lap he noticed smoke coming out of his car. For precaution, he parked the STR12 in the run-off area at Turn 11.
The Spaniard returned to the paddock and waited patiently for the marshals to recover his Toro Rosso, which arrived with 55 minutes still remaining in the session. The mechanics tried their best to find the root cause of the failure, but the solution didn’t arrive in time for Carlos to rejoin the track. The cause of his trouble was an issue related to the exhaust system. It is not a concern going ahead in the weekend.
This setback prevented Carlos from trying the supersoft compound, which is expected to be the one used in Qualifying. He will test it tomorrow in Free Practice 3, although in much hotter temperatures than the ones he will face later by the time he has to fight for a good starting position.
Carlos accepts it is a tough situation, but he is ready to fight back. "A bit of a frustrating start. Knowing the importance of Free Practice 2 in this track, to miss it and be able to do only a couple laps is a setback for the weekend", he said.
"We will try to analyze, pick the information we don’t have and try to recover more, although Free Practice 3 is not very representative. We will go blind into Qualifying and Race, but it is what it is".
The third and final Free Practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix will be held tomorrow at 15:00 local time (14:00 Spanish time). Qualifying will be held at 18:00 (17:00). As usual, we will track Carlos progress live via www.carlosainz.es and our twitter account @carlosainzinfo.