Carlos Sainz Jr. chose to look at the positives from his final day of running in the second F1 pre-season test after ending his day early due to a crash.
The F1 rookie spun off at turn three and finished in the barriers, costing Toro Rosso the final two hours of running in Barcelona. Nevertheless, he still managed to complete 88 laps on his second allocated day in Barcelona.
Speaking at the end of the day, Sainz was happy to take the blame for the crash, explaining that it was down to driver error instead of anything technically wrong with the car.
“It was a really good day until I crashed,” Sainz said. “Everything went really smoothly and I felt we had made a big step forward with the car from day two to day four.
“Unfortunately, in the afternoon, I made a mistake at turn three, which is not the best place to do that, because the barriers are close at that point. I’d rather crash in the test than in race one, so I have learned something from it and now we turn the page, move on and think about next week’s test here.
“There are many positives to take from this test. I was a different driver in the car and I felt much more confident here in Barcelona.”
In spite of the crash, it has been a very productive test for Toro Rosso in Barcelona. The team completed over 350km more mileage here than it did in Jerez, giving its all-rookie line-up precious experience ahead of the first race of the year in Australia.
Sainz will return to action in Barcelona next week alongside teammate Max Verstappen, with testing resuming on Thursday.