Dec 11, 2016

Carlos Sainz, applauded for his performance in the 2016 Formula 1 season

Prestigious media publications and authorized pundits rank him among the very best drivers on the grid

Madrid, December 11st 2016.- Hard work pays off, and that for Carlos Sainz has translated into a series of favorable quotes and recognitions  to his excellent 2016 Formula 1 season with Scuderia Toro Rosso. The press and well-renowned experts have included Carlos among the best drivers of the grid. In the following line we offer a summary of the articles that have highlighted the Spaniard’s work.

British television Sky Sports has ranked him seventh in its 2016 driver rankings, composed by its panel of experts for each Grand Prix of the season. In this classification, Carlos is ahead of three World Champions: Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.

Digital publication Motorsport.com has included him in its Top 10 driver’s chart, placing him in a solid fifth place. This ‘grid’ was voted by ten experts of the company from all around the world, from Great Britain to Australia and also the United States. Among the quotes, there are examples like the following: “He delivered stellar performance that could have included a podium finish in Monaco. Deserves a better car in 2017".

Magazine Autosport and its correspondent Ben Anderson have ranked him sixth in their Top 10. "He showed again that he is a superb qualifier, making Q3 nine times. He showed a tenacity in races that is reminiscent of his hero Fernando Alonso".

This recognitions come days after Carlos was selected among the ten best drivers of the year by the team bosses themselves, who all anonymously voted in a poll published by Autosport. All eleven team-bosses participated in the voting process.

Some well-renowned experts have risen their voices to express their hopes, or their wishes, to see Carlos as the man in charge of replacing World Champion Nico Rosberg in Mercedes AMG F1.

It is the case of Martin Brundle, former Formula 1 driver and 24 hours of Le Mans winner who now works as a commentator for Sky F1 television. Brundle tweeted that the two best candidates available are “Carlos Sainz or Valtteri Bottas”.

Journalist Will Buxton focused on Carlos and his possible switch to Mercedes. 
"Here's a thought... Mercedes make a play and pull Sainz away from Red Bull, leaving a seat open at Toro Rosso for GP2 champion Gasly".

Karun Chandhok, former driver and a respected figure because of his encyclopedic knowledge about the sport, would also bet for the Spaniard. "Personally I would like to see Carlos Sainz get a chance! Had a great 2016 and is now experienced enough to deal with pressure of a top drive".

Another voice is British Martin Brundle, former driver. "If I was looking current F1 drivers to fill a vacant seat then Carlos Sainz would be right up the top of my list he has potential to step up".

The young Spaniard feels honored by all the kind comments. "I appreciate these recognitions. I am sure these words will help me prepare the new season with even more illusion. Now it’s time to recharge batteries, but I’m already looking forward to testing the new car", he said.