Sep 22, 2023

Carlos Sainz starts the Japanese GP with an intense run plan

Friday, 22 September 2023
-    Free Practice 1: P2, 1:32.273, 24 laps
-    Free Practice 2: P4, 1:31.237, 22 laps

  • Carlos Sainz and Ferrari started the Japanese GP with a productive day as Friday practice proved that the top teams are very close.
  • The Spaniard used the three tyre compounds available for the weekend. He even clocked 15 laps on the experimental tyre, which is a C2 compound with a 2024 construction.
  • Carlos tested different set-ups across Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2, combining short runs with longer stints in a racetrack that is demanding in regards to the degradation of the tyres.

“This weekend the gaps to our closest rivals seem very close and back to where we were in previous races, and with a Red Bull very strong again. On my side, we’re still fine tuning the car a lot and today we tested many different set-ups to try to find the best compromise for this track".

"We have a lot of data to look into and tonight we'll need to decide what settings to run tomorrow, trying to put the car in the right performance window. We have a couple of interesting days ahead of us".

Saturday, 23 September 2023
-    Free Practice 3: 11:30 local time (04:30 CEST)
-    Qualifying: 15:00 local time (08:00 CEST)

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