Carlos Sainz Jr: “FP2 was all about catching up”

Carlos Sainz Jr stopped after just one lap in FP1 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Carlos Sainz Jr was left to play catch up after a hydraulic issue during first practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve curtailed his running after just one lap.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver was forced to park his STR12 at the side of the road and watch the rest of the first session from the sidelines, but Sainz was able to return to the track in FP2, completing 43 laps and finishing thirteenth quickest.

The Spaniard will continue his catching up during Saturday morning’s final practice session before qualifying as he aims to back up his excellent sixth place finish in Monaco last time out in Canada this weekend.

“FP2 was all about catching up after unfortunately missing out on FP1 – obviously, this isn’t the ideal track for this to happen, so we needed to do a lot of laps and build it up nicely this afternoon,” said Sainz.

“The catch-up will continue tomorrow in FP3 because one session is not enough to fully recover. We will now keep pushing and get ready for tomorrow!”

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat had a less problematic day, finishing inside the top ten in both sessions, which gives the Russian confidence heading into the rest of the weekend.

“I’m happy because we were able to complete many useful laps today and we will now try to learn from it all overnight in order to make further steps forward,” insisted Kvyat.

“Overall, I think both of today’s practice sessions were beneficial for us and hopefully we can capitalise on all of this tomorrow.”