He was P15, but could hardly complete any laps ahead of Qualifying
Austin, October 22nd 2016.- Carlos Sainz was fifteenth in the third and final Free Practice session for the United States Grand Prix of Formula 1. Result aside, the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso suffered two punctures in his rear tyres and could only complete six laps in the 60-minute long session, two of which were on damaged Pirellis.
Air temperature was 18 degrees and the track at 22. Carlos waited 10 minutes before hitting the track. Two laps later, his rear-right tyre fell apart due to an unexpected cut. He immediately warned his team and came in to the pits to save the STR11 from any damage, as the car’s integrity is at risk when one of its wheels is not in good conditions.
After checking up the car and tweaking it, the team went for the supersoft option so Carlos could complete his Qualifying simulation. He set the eighth fastest time, a 1'38"710, but one lap later he suffered a second puncture, this time on the rear-left rubber. He couldn't fulfill his run as expected and had to come in early to the pits. He stayed there for the remaining of the session as the team worked its way to ensure that the car is in optimum conditions for Qualifying. As the minutes went by, his rivals improved and Carlos was fifteenth by the time the chequered flag appeared.
Luckily, the two punctured sets of tyres were already supposed to be returned to Pirelli. The bad thing is that Carlos has lost some important laps which would have been crucial to prepare Qualifying, were tomorrow’s starting positions are at stake.
Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix will begin today at 13:00 local time, 20:00 spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.