Sainz: ‘The conditions were really strange’

Carlos Sainz He finished 14th the first day of free practice, but that position should not be the real one for the Madrid player for this weekend. The asphalt, like all teams, surprised the Spaniard, who came with a very different idea in the ‘set up’ of his car. But the incredibly slippery conditions (too much) of the Turkish track, changed everything. It was a day to find the right ‘set up’ at forced gears, riding in very complex conditions, but an electrical problem in his car made him finish the first free practice session 25 minutes earlier. He was able to get back on track in FP2, but in his attempt to return he did not gather the best sectors and so he decided to prioritize work on finding the balance of the car instead of looking for a good time. This Saturday, if things remain the same, Carlos Sainz He will be looking to once again demonstrate his talent in different track conditions.


“It has been a very strange day. The track was very slippery, a track that didn’t have any grip. It was a very different day and we had to adapt all the set up and expectations that we had for this weekend. I had problems at the end of FP1 and FP2 has been a bit weird. But overall I’m happy because it’s a slippery track and I like it. We’ll see how it goes ”.

Carlos Sainz, at the 2020 F1 Turkish GP

“It was a strange, strange day, especially because of the track conditions. They have been conditions … wow! truly strange. We had problems in the morning and then in the afternoon we tried to learn and recover things without focusing too much on the lap time. Being such a strange circuit, you have to try to learn as much as possible and today at least we have fun. We will have to try to improve the car for Saturday ”.


“It has not been an ideal Friday. It’s frustrating to have lost filming time in FP1, which was obviously important due to the tough track conditions we faced this weekend on a new, resurfaced circuit like this one. We had a lot of time to make up in FP 2. I couldn’t put together my best fastest lap on the soft tires and then the times improved rapidly as the track progressed. The asphalt feels weird for now, but that adds to the excitement to see who can adapt first. I’m looking forward to tomorrow! ”.

This is how the track was in FP1
This was the track in FP1