Jul 20, 2016

Carlos Sainz ahead of the Hungarian GP: "We'll have to reset our references"

It will be Carlos' 30th Grand Prix in Formula 1

Madrid, July 20th 2016.- Carlos Sainz and the Scuderia Toro Rosso are on their way to Budapest, where this weekend they will compete in the Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula 1. After displaying yet another point-finish performance in Silverstone, the Spaniard faces the last two -consecutive- races before the summer break and he does so feeling hopeful that his STR11 will be stronger around the twisty Hungaroring.

The last four rounds on the calendar -Canada, Azerbaijan, Austria and Great Britain- were all high-speed tracks where Top Speed and pure power were factors required in order to be competitive. Carlos overcame that poker scoring points on three of them and suffering a retirement due to mechanical reasons. Now, he heads to a round totally different to the previous ones in a place that in theory should suit better his car.

While the Hungaroring is a permanent track and it has been in the calendar since 1986, its characteristics are very similar to an urban one. It is the second slowest circuit, only slower than Monaco, and it is known for its tight track and its short straights. It is a circuit were power is less important than aerodynamics, less important than the chassis.

Pirelli brings to the event the Medium, the Soft and the Supersoft compounds. Toro Rosso has chosen the same tyre allocation for its two cars: one set of Mediums, five of Softs and seven of Supersofts.

Last year, Carlos had a chance to score a good result and be among the Top 5, but a power-unit related problem left him out of the race when there were only nine laps to go. It was one of the retirements he suffered in his long streak of technical failures.

This season, Toro Rosso has made major steps in terms of reliability and Carlos arrives at Budapest after scoring points in five of the last six races. It is a circuit he knows perfectly, but this year he will have to discover a new pavement and that may have several implications. These are his initial thoughts:

"Just like they did in Austria this year, the circuit in Budapest has also been resurfaced, so all our references will have to be reset. The second sector is the most interesting and enjoyable one to drive. I also think that our car should be strong here, so I'm looking forward to the weekend. Taking into account my experience in Formula 1, I am now cautious ahead of every GP. But I am sure that both the team and I will give the very best of ourselves to move closer to the fifth spot in the Constructors' Championship and, me personally, to the Top 10 in the Drivers', which is two points away".

Free Practice for the Hungarian GP will begin on Friday, July 22th, although Carlos will face the press on Thursday at 15:00 Spanish time, as he has been invited to the FIA's Press Conference. All information will be available at www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter @carlosainzinfo.