Carlos Sainz Jr finished tenth in both free practice sessions on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but the Spaniard admitted it was a ‘surprising’ session for them as they expected the times to be quicker than they were.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, driving in front of his home fans this weekend, admitted the wind played havoc with the running during the sessions at the Spanish circuit, but the fact times were not as fast as they were during pre-season testing were the most surprising factor of the day.
Despite struggling with balance on his STR12, progress was made during the day, and Sainz goes into Saturday hoping for a positive weekend.
“It’s been quite a tricky first day here in Barcelona,” said Sainz. “I think the track conditions surprised us quite a bit, as it was much slower out there today compared to winter testing; there was also a lot of wind, which complicated things even more.
“It wasn’t easy to find the right balance, but overall I’d say we ended the day in a decent way, making some improvements and we can approach tomorrow in a positive way.”
Team-mate Daniil Kvyat had a troubled day in his STR12, finishing well down the order in both sessions, with the Russian suffering with his own handling issues that saw him struggle.
“The car has quite a few handling issues at the moment…” said Kvyat. “We need to be patient and try to do things overnight for the car to suit me better because, at the moment, it wasn’t in the correct window for my driving style.”