Sainz sets the pace in practice for Toro Rosso

MyDrive | Scuderia Toro Rosso – The team showed a solid start to their Chinese debut for 2015 with Carlos Sainz leading the way with no issues.  Max Verstappen on the other hand did have a number of issues that cut his free first practice session short as the team improved the handling of the car for free practice two.

Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:41.112, pos. 8th, 23 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.971, pos. 15th, 28 laps
“We managed to go through today’s plan with no issues, so I’m happy with that. FP1 was all about learning the track. I felt quite comfortable from the very beginning and was able to build-up on that. It’s a nice track, I like driving here, it’s challenging and different to other circuits, which is good.

FP2 was more focussed on tyre life and performance. Unfortunately, during the Option run the red flag spoiled our short run, but when we went back out to complete the long run I felt good. Everything is very close here, it’s going to be a tight fight this weekend, but we are ready for it.”

Max Verstappen (STR10-03, Car 33)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:41.575, pos. 12th, 28 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.894, pos.14th, 32 laps
“It was a bit of a difficult day today, to be honest. I wasn’t really happy with the balance of the car in FP1, so we tried to improve it for FP2. It was better but we still need to find a bit more pace. Of course, we were also not able to complete the ideal lap this afternoon because when we went out the red flag came out.

There’s definitely room for improvement and hopefully we can do a better job tomorrow. I like driving here, it’s a technical track and quite challenging, but that’s what I like.”

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer)
“It hasn’t been the best of days for us today. Our long run pace is relatively better than our short run pace, but we’ve got a lot of work to do tonight. It’s a tricky track, both in terms of setting the car up and for the drivers, so we know we’ve got to look in both directions. We’ll help them where we can but we’ve got to kick hard now and make the car easier to drive.

We will sit down and do our homework now and try and make everything a little bit better, kinder on the drivers, and the short run will hopefully come up quite nicely then. We’re not as happy as we have been recently, but it’s only Friday so we still have time to get back to where we know we can be.”

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