Nov 23, 2017

Carlos Sainz, ahead of the last 2017 Grand Prix: "Now it’s time to finish it off"

Renault Sport is four points away from the sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship

Yas Marina, November 23rd  2017.- The Formula 1 World Championship comes to an end this weekend at the  iconic and ever-opulent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Arabian  Emirate with one goal in mind: to give his very best of himself so Renault  Sport can finish the year in the sixth place of the Constructors’ Championship.

2017 has been a  remarkable year for Carlos. He began the year in Scuderia Toro Rosso, where he  produced some outstanding performances such as his sixth place in Monaco or his  seventh position in China and Spain. He was fourth in Singapore, the perfect  farewell before his arrival to Renault Sport F1 Team. His maiden race with the  team couldn’t have been sweeter: seventh in the United States.

Both teams and drivers  are already thinking about 2018, but Carlos and Renault have one last mission  to accomplish in the desert of Abu Dhabi. The Enstone-based team is four points  short from the sixth place of the Constructors’ Championship. Sunday’s race  will be decisive.

This will be Carlos’  third appearance at the Yas Marina Grand Prix, a night event in which  temperatures fall as the race progresses. On Thursday, the Spaniard worked  together with his engineers and attended the questions of the media.

Carlos feels positive  about the weekend ahead. "It’s been a good year. I’m happy with how the season  has been. It looks like certain things have happened earlier than expected, so  this must mean that we’ve done our work well. Now we have to wrap-it-up on a  positive note this weekend, which is always special being it the last one of  the year", he said.

"It is a difficult  circuit, a very tricky place set-up wise, but we will give our very best. It  will be important to enjoy a clean Friday, to test new bits and pieces that we’ve  brought here to try and strengthen the car. We want to make it through  Qualifying flawless, hopefully with both cars in Q3. I was in Enstone on Monday  and I could see how hard the team was preparing, and I want to repay their  efforts", he said.

The Abu Dhabi GP will  begin tomorrow Friday with the first and second Free Practice sessions, which  will begin at 13:00 and 17:00 local time, 10:00 and 14:00 Spanish time. As  always, we will keep you up to date via Carlos’ official website and our Twitter account  @carlosainzinfo.