Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen both endured difficult Fridays in Bahrain ahead of this weekend’s grand prix thanks to brake problems on the Toro Rosso STR10 car.
The rookie drivers have made big impressions in their first three races, and continued their good form during the first practice session on Friday by finishing in the top six positions.
However, neither Sainz nor Verstappen could get inside the top ten once the sun went down for FP2 in Bahrain, with both drivers citing brake problems in the second session.
Sainz remained upbeat in spite of the problems, and is enjoying his first taste of the Bahrain International Circuit.
“Even if we didn’t have much track time this morning in FP1 and had to face some brake issues during FP2, in general it’s been a decent Friday,” the Spaniard said.
“The car feels nice to drive and we don’t have any major problems, so we just need to keep working hard. It’s my first time driving here and I like the track very much. I’m enjoying it, especially during the night, the circuit looked stunning.”
Verstappen was dealing with a similar problem during the second session, but felt more comfortable with the car once a few adjustments had been made to the brakes.
“It was a bit of an up-and-down day,” Verstappen said. “I think the first practice in general was quite alright and I used it to get used to the track and didn’t take too many risks.
“Everything felt good and I like the track, so that’s important. Not being very happy with the set of brakes, during FP2 we decided to change it and luckily it all felt better towards the end of the session, but I carried on taking it easy.
“It was a bit of a scrappy practice but now we have all night to prepare for tomorrow and that’s what we’ll do.”
You can watch qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix live on CNBC from 11am ET.