He received a new engine cover and optimized STR11's set-up
Silverstone, June 12th 2016.- Carlos Sainz took part with Scuderia Toro Rosso in the first day of testing of the Silvestone circuit, a test held two days afterwards the British Grand Prix. The Spaniard did 91 laps around the track, almost two race distances. They happened mainly during the morning session, as rain fell during lunch-time and that compromised the remaining hours.
Carlos used mainly the medium compound and finished the day with a personal best of 1'34"643, 3.065 milliseconds slower than his Qualifying time. But today's goal was completely different. First, he tested new parts in his car, among which are a new engine cover very different to the previous one. It features two air intakes that should improve the cooling of the power unit. He also worked to improve the race set-up and they had almost completed the scheduled program by the time rain arrived.
During the afternoon sessions he did three short stints on full-wet tyres.
At the end of the day, Carlos was happy about the work he had done.
"It was a productive day, a very intense morning. We were able to answer many question marks that we had from the race week-end. We tried new bits and pieces that we wanted to test in the car, we were curious about them".
"We moved forward with our program during the early hours because we knew rain was coming more or less around lunchtime. Luckily it didn't arrive too early, because we did almost everything we expected and made the most of every minute. Reliability respected us in that key moment".
"Then, rain fell and the team chose not to run too much, so other than a few laps on the full-wet tyres, we chose to stay in pits and study what we had done in the morning", Carlos concluded.
Scuderia Toro Rosso is a team known for giving opportunities to youngsters, just as it did three years ago with Carlos Sainz in this very same track. Tomorrow the Spaniard will lend his wheel to the Brasilian rookie Sérgio Sette Câmara.
Carlos' next meeting with the car will be next week in the Free Practice sessions for the Hungarian GP, on July 22th. We will follow them live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.