July 12, 2016

After a good Grand Prix weekend for the team here in Silverstone, with both cars finishing in the points, Carlos was back out on track today for the first of this two-day test. He completed 91 laps around what he describes as one of his favourite circuits on the calendar. Tomorrow Brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara will be in the car.

Silverstone Circuit
, 5.891km
Driver: Carlos Sainz
Car: STR11-02
Laps: 91
Best time: 1:34.643

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer):

"A good day for us in the end: anticipating the wet weather that was forecast we pushed to complete as much of our program as we could in the morning. In the end the rain came a little later than we first predicted and we actually ticked off most of the wish list of test items with Carlos. We had some new parts on the car and also worked on some set-up direction from the race weekend. In both respects we have seen some positive results. More analysis will be done by the factory to give a more complete picture over the coming days, but I am hopeful for some improvements we can carry to the races in Hungary and Germany. In the afternoon we did three short runs in the wet conditions for some data collection. After this we called the day to a premature end having achieved most of our targets."

Carlos Sainz (Car 55):

"I think it was a productive test. We did plenty of laps and completed most of the run plan, especially in the morning, as we were expecting the rain to come. 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. 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."