Sainz happy’ with the first day of Silverstone test

Carlos Sainz Jr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr was ‘happy’ with the data his team gathered before the rain arrived in the afternoon session of the first day of the Silverstone test.

The post-British Grand Prix test is important for the teams as they will test their new components and aerodynamic set-ups, but the rain delay will have prevented teams from completing their test programmeThe rain caused some disruption to Toro Rosso, but the Faenza-based squad anticipated the rain and completed most of their testing programme during the morning.

Sainz completed 91 laps on Tuesday, setting the sixth best lap time on a 1:34.643, with the Spaniard pleased with the results of the first day of testing.

After many long runs on the Medium tyre we were able to collect plenty of data and I think that we can be happy with today, it’s been very useful,” said Sainz. 

“It’s a shame that the rain arrived, but it didn’t really affect us much as we had already done a lot while it was dry.

Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara will drive the STR11 on the second day of the test on Wednesday, the first time the FIA European Formula 3 Championship driver will have tested a Formula 1 car.