GP USA: Sainz round the top 10 on Friday: “We are where we expected to”


Of the four paths that are left to complete the season 2016, the Circuit of the Americas seems the most conducive to a Toro Rosso that is to finish with dignity in a season that has gone from more to less. Despite the two long straights, the sections of curves linked in the first sector, and the slow of the third party to provide a relief to the qualities of the STR11, and for his chances this weekend.

The best example of what Toro Rosso can try to has been spain’s Carlos Sainz. The driver from madrid was concluded in the first practice session in tenth position, and with compounds softer in the afternoon, recorded a 1:38.971 that left him in eleventh place.

Sainz highlighted the fact that in the past year just rolled in dry conditions, due to the heavy rains that plagued and threatened by the dispute of the race of 2015, and that adaptation to circumstances novel has been the most profitable a day whose results are considered to be within expectations.

“it Has been a Friday really fun and positive in general. last year we did not manage to give a lot of laps here in the dry, so that has been a circuit quite new for me on this occasion. I have to say that I enjoyed the day: this is a special circuit, charismatic and exciting to ride. From the performance point of view, we are exactly where we expected to be, but we will continue to work hard, and we’ll see where we end at the end of the weekend.”

In the first free, Daniil Kvyat had the opportunity to try the second version of the controversial Halo in his car, and the Russian pilot was faster than Sainz in this session, occupying the ninth place, but in the second round could only be 15th, about three-tenths of the Spanish pilot (1:39.202).

Kvyat, whose future in the last few days has been linked with Force India after the announcement of the launch of Nico Hülkenberg Renault, not felt comfortable in track by influence of the wind, although it considers that they have done what they were supposed to, and was of the view that the Halo, although effective, is not a necessity for the current Formula 1 safety level.

“it Has been a Friday decent for us. We have completed a good number of laps and crossed out several of our tasks of today’s program. The conditions of the track were not easy, because there was a bit of wind, but in general it has been a good day. Now, we will do our usual work tonight and will try and calibrate everything to that is to my taste and let’s try to be stronger tomorrow.”

“I tried the Halo in Free practice 1 this morning, and I think that there are no major implications in terms of the visibility. Of course, it is a valid device, but in my opinion, there is already enough safety in Formula 1 and we don’t need it. But it is not my decision”.