Toro Rosso has never scored points in Sakhir before, but Carlos is confident this is their chance
Carlos Sainz prepares himself for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which will be held on April 3rd at the Sakhir International Circuit. It will be the 12th edition of this night race, celebrated right in the middle of the desert.
After the Australian Grand Prix, Carlos flied back to his house in London, where he spent time practicing in the team simulator to polish the last details for the second race of the calendar. He also continued with his rigorous training routine.
He also found time to meet the organizers of the Wings for Life Run, which on May 8th will be held in 33 countries from all around the world. There he met his teammate Max Verstappen as they both were instructed by Colin Jackson, three times world champions in 110 meters hurdle and now sporting director for the Wings for Life Run. Carlos also practiced at the speed of the Catcher Car, 15 kilometers/hour, something hard to do for someone used to race flat out.
Carlos left Australia with mixed feelings. To finish in the points is always good news and with the ninth place he equaled the result he scored last year in Melbourne, but truth is both Carlos and Toro Rosso had showed greater potential over the weekend. Carlos was indeed one of the drivers who made the most overtakings on track with seven manoeuvres in a circuit where fighting against other cars is always difficult.
Now fully focused on Bahrain, Carlos has in front of him a nice challenge: to do the best possible performance in a scenario where Scuderia Toro Rosso has never scored points before in its 11 years of existence.
These are Carlos’ thoughts ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“Since I returned from Australia I’ve focused 100% with my team in the preparations for Bahrain, where we’ll fight to score a good result and be back on the points. It will be a challenge for the team, we have never scored there, but I’m confident that this time we’ll have an opportunity. Tyre wear will be key and we saw in Australia that with the new tyre regulations we’ll have to keep an eye on what’s happening on track, strategy wise”.
“It’s a night race, so your breaking points change over the weekend and you must compete with the references you find in Free Practice 2. Turns 9 and 10 are the most difficult ones, maybe not only from this track, but from all season. It’s a double apex turn and you must brake all the time, so it’s very easy to lock your front tyres. You can always see tyre marks there. And in the last turn you must be sure to get a good exit. Last year we struggled with top speed, so traction is going to be important. I remember that straight was too long for us, but maybe this year is not the case!”, he concluded.
This is the schedule of the Bahrain GP, CET:
Free Practice 1 – April 1st – 13:00
Free Practice 2 – April 1st – 17:00
Free Practice 3 – April 2nd – 14:00
Qualifying – April 2nd – 17:00
Race – April 3rd – 17:00