Nov 10, 2017

Positive Friday for Carlos Sainz at the Brazilian GP

The Spaniard of Renault Sport finished eleventh in Free Practice 2 and completed 42 laps

Sao Paulo, November 10th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished eleventh in the first day of the Brazilian Grand Prix, after a productive Free Practice 2 session which he used to perform race simulations in preparation for Sunday’s event. The Spaniard of Renault Sport covered 42 laps and now moves ahead with a good amount of data to analyse together with his engineers.

It was a dry day at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace and the risk of rain foreseen in weather forecasts never came true. This was good for all drivers, since they were able to drive in optimum conditions to fine-tune their cars.

For his long-runs, Carlos selected the two compounds that are expected to be the main options for Sunday’s race-strategy: the soft and supersoft compounds. The Spaniard saw the chequered flag with an extra 180 kilometres worth of experience under the belt.

He completed two performance-runs during the first half of the session in search for a competitive timed-lap. The first one was on softs and he clocked a 1:10.965, only to improve to 1:10.695 on supersofts. This time represented a progression of eight tenths of a second in comparison to the one he had set this morning.
Carlos then advanced to the next point on his run program: the long-runs. He used the same sets of tyres as in his previous stints, doing an extra 13 laps on supersofts and 16 laps on softs.

Carlos expressed his thoughts on the day as he talked to the press.
Today was a very positive day. I think we improved a lot from Free Practice 1 to Free Practice 2. I’m feeling much more comfortable and I always learn with each lap I complete. I try some things, sometimes I get it wrong and then I go back, but I always learn something positive”, he said.

Carlos discussed his run program. “I tried different directions set-up wise, also some small changes that can help me a lot. Things that are thought for these final races, because we know there’s still a lot of potential within the car”.

The Brazilian Grand Prix will resume tomorrow Saturday with the third and final Free Practice session at 11:00 local time (14:00 Spanish time). Qualifying will get underway at 14:00 local time (17:00 Spanish time). As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.