The beginning of a marathon: six races in just eight weeks
Madrid, June 7th 2016.- Carlos Sainz has travelled today to Montreal, the city where this weekend will be held the Canadian Grand Prix, the seventh round of the World Championship of Formula 1. Placed at the artificial island of Notre-Dame, just by the riverside of the San Lorenzo River, this Grand Prix is the first American race of the year and is famous for its mixed up competition and rainy weather.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a low-drag track with slow-speed chicanes, and its characteristics may suggest it won't be the ideal place for the Toro Rosso STR11, which is usually quicker on fast turns and on less-power-dependent circuits. Nevertheless, Carlos arrives to Canada in his best moment as a Formula 1 driver after scoring solid points in the last two Grand Prixes -12 points between Spain and Monaco-. The Spaniard and his team want to carry on with this positive trend and are determined to leave the country with the best possible result under their belts.
"We come from two races that were very good for me. The sixth position in Barcelona was great and in Monaco we were on P8, although we could have achieved much more. I was ahead of Perez before the first pit-stop and in the end he was on the podium, so we had a real chance of being on the podium too. I want to make the most out of this positive trend and work even harder in Canada. In theory it's not the best track for us, but we'll work for every millisecond. I think we've reached the correct conclusions with the team to keep on improving and here begins a very demanding phase of the Championship with six races in eight weeks. They will be very tough for everyone at Toro Rosso, but if we are together now, when the time comes to travel more and work harder we'll be so even more. I want more points. We can do it, so let's go for it", he says.
Carlos has already competed in the Canadian GP. It was in 2015, so now he knows the details of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He sums them up this way.
"We'll use a low-drag configuration and that can mean some trouble under breaking, and there's plenty of that here. We'll have to fight a lot with the steering wheel. In my opinion, the best turn is the number 14, the so-called Wall of Champions. It's a very demanding chicane where you have to attack the kerbs, but if you touch one the wrong way you end up being sent against the wall".
Pirelli has announced the three softest compounds of its P-Zero range for the Montreal event. The soft, the supersoft and the ultrasoft are the chosen ones. Toro Rosso has selected the very same choice for his two drivers. That means two sets of softs, four supersofts and seven ultrasofts.
Free Practice for the Canadian GP will begin on Friday at 16:00, but Carlos will talk to the media on Thursday 18:00 Spanish Time.