Carlos Sainz Jr: “We’ve had quite a tough day”

Carlos Sainz Jr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Carlos Sainz Jr was unable to break into the top ten in either free practice session at the Hungaroring on Friday before an energy recovery system issue forced him to stop on track at turn one late in the second session.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver was fourteen in the opening practice and thirteenth before his stoppage in the second, but was unhappy with his performance despite improving the car between the session, feeling there is still more work to be done to fix the set-up issues on his STR11.

“Not the best of Friday’s, unfortunately,” reflected Sainz. “We’ve had quite a tough day and we struggled a bit with the balance in FP1. We tried to correct this and it actually got better for this afternoon’s FP2, but I’m still not completely happy.

“Also, the resurfaced track makes it feel like a completely new circuit and creates new challenges for us. We now need to work hard tonight, analyse the data and see where we went wrong today so that we can be stronger tomorrow.

“The midfield looks so tight that a small improvement can put you directly back in the fight and that’s where we aim to be.”