May 11, 2017

Carlos Sainz, ahead of the Spanish GP: "My best start to the season so far"

The Spaniard has scored 11 of the 13 points of Scuderia Toro Rosso

Barcelona, May 11th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home to the Spanish Grand Prix. He is ready for the weekend and he trusts in the improvements of his Toro Rosso, which he hopes will help him fight for a spot in the Top 10 and more points.

Carlos races at home in Barcelona. It is a circuit where he has secured good results in the past. In 2015, he qualified in a brilliant fifth place. One year later, in 2016, he achieved his best result ever in Formula 1 a sixth place. He would repeat the feat later that same year at the United States and Brazilian Grand Prixes.

As every Thursday prior to a race, the driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso has spent the day together with his engineers to kick-start the race preparations. Carlos has also freed a spot on his agenda to great fans at the main straight and to attend the media at the FIA Press Conference.

The Spaniard feels proud of the way he has started the 2017 season, scoring points at three races and holding on to a solid ninth place at the Drivers’ Championship. "I can be pretty happy. It’s my best start to the season in Formula 1. Having that extra year of experience helps, but I have performed well in Qualifyings and Races. We must keep doing like this", he said.

"Now I know the team better, I know how it works. I perform a bit better in each race. It is important to keep learning like this and to shine whenever there is a chance, like in China", he explained.

Carlos didn’t disclose the nature of the latest developments of his Toro Rosso, but he has great hopes.

"Toro Rosso was very clear at the beginning of the year that they wanted to finish fifth in the Championship. It’s been an interesting first part of the season, five teams fighting for the fourth spot. It seems like Williams may have the upper hand, as his car is closer to the Rad Bull than ours, but we are making steps. We have so far, 13 in total in the team. I hope our upgrades are better, especially compared to the mid-field. We must make sure that we get those tenths that we want and that our rivals don’t progress as much as us".

The Spanish Grand Prix will begin tomorrow Friday with the first two practice sessions. Free Practice 1 will be at 10:00 Spanish time, Free Practice 2 at 14:00. As always, we will follow Carlos closely via the website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.