Monza doesn’t play in favour of his car’s strengths, but he still feels optimistic
Monza, August 30th 2018.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the historic home of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. The fastest circuit in the calendar will host the last European leg of the racing season before the sport goes overseas for the final phase of the Championship.
The circuit of Monza, placed at the homonymous Villa Real, is one of the seven racing-tracks that constituted the original calendar of Formula 1’s debut year back in 1950. It’s ever-long straight allow some of the highest Top Speed in the entire season.
Carlos will turn 24 on Qualifying day, September 1st. The Spaniard of Renault is well aware that this circuit is not the optimum one for the characteristics of his R.S.18, but still has full confidence in his possibilities if, together with his team, he manages to strike a good car balance. Carlos holds dear fond memories from his early single-seater career, such as the two Pole Positions and the victory he clinched back in 2014 with his visit with the World Series by Renault 3.5.
Tyres available for the weekend are the medium, the soft and the supersoft, just as they were in Belgium. Carlos will have two sets of the white compound plus three of the yellow and eight of the red ones.
"Monza is a very special race-track for any fan of this sport. It embodies and represents what Formula 1 is really about and the passion it inspires. Inside of the car you reach the highest speeds in the calendar and we also have some of the heaviest braking points around. Overtaking is feasible here, so it is one of the most interesting rounds of the Championship".
"I am optimistic heading into Monza, although we cannot forget that we went through some difficulties in Spa. It would be normal if we struggle a bit here. It is one of the toughest circuits for our car, but Formula 1 can always throw a chance at you and we must be ready to seize it. It will be one of the hardest Q3 of the entire year, but we will strive for the best balance. We believe points are possible on Sunday”.
"I really love this track. I’ve scored good victories here on my way to Formula 1. For one reason or another, I haven’t had my best F1 results in Italy. This year we look forward to a clean weekend, we will try to enjoy as much as possible. And on Saturday is my birthday!".
Free Practice for the Italian GP will start tomorrow Friday at 11:00 with Free Practice 1, followed by Free Practice 2 at 15:00. You will be able to follow Carlos on his Social Media channels and his website, www.carlossainz.es.