Jun 14, 2016

Carlos Sainz arrives at Baku feeling optimistic ahead of the European GP

He has scored in the last three races, it is his best streak in F1

Baku, June 14th 2016.- Carlos Sainz arrived today at the capital of Azerbaijan to participate in this weekend's European Grand Prix of Formula 1. The eighth round of the World Championship will be held in a brand new track, placed right in the heart of the city. It consists of long straights and lap distance is 6.006 kilometers, and so is rightfully one of the longest in the calendar.

For the first time this season, Formula 1 faces a back-to-back race. For Carlos, this can only be good news. He is on his best streak since his arrival to Formula 1, as he has finished in the points for the past three races in a row. On top of that, last Sunday he offered one of his best performances ever as he recovered from 20th to 9th thanks to his good pace, his overtaking maneuvers and the right strategy calls.

A a matter of curiosity, Carlos has started from 20th on four occasions. On three of them, he was able to comeback and translate it and get into the points. The fourth and remaining one was Russia 2015, on which he was running ninth up until the point when a reliability issue forced him to retire. These stats prove the aggressiveness of the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso and his talent to make his way. Last but not least, another reason for Carlos to be happy before Baku is the fact that he is now the second Spaniard with the most points in Formula 1 (36), now only behind his well-known friend Fernando Alonso.

Pirelli brings to Baku the medium, the soft and the supersoft compounds, and Toro Rosso has identical tyre choices for its two drivers: one set of mediums, four softs and eight supersofts. 

In his first day in the area, Carlos adapted himself to the hot weather of the country and also got to know better the track, which has been recently resurfaced.

"I'm looking forward to the start of this GP, although I don't really know what to expect, to be honest! I've done quite a few laps in the simulator but discovering it with the real car is always a good challenge. I hope it's as beautiful as Macao, which for me has always been the most iconic circuit. It would be fantastic for Formula 1 to have a street circuit like that one".

"I'm happy with my performances. We've been in the points for three races in a row and I think that in Canada we got the most out of the STR11, even though the characteristics of the track weren't the most suitable for us. In theory, this track's aren't neither, but we're ready to give it all together with the team".

Carlos has been invited to participate in Thursday's FIA Press Conference on June 16th 15:00 local time, 13:00 Spanish time. He will answer media questions before jumping in the car on Friday 17th.k at the FIA Press Conference this Thursday, June 16th, at 15:00 local time in Baku, 13:00 Spanish time. There he will face the media as he talks before jumping in the car on Friday 17th.