Jul 27, 2016

Carlos Sainz arrives at Hockenheim: "I've prepared with plenty of time in the simulator"

He has been in the points in six of the last seven events

Madrid, July 27th 2016.- It's time for the last stage of the 'tour de force' that is Formula 1's month of July, with four races in only five weeks being the German Grand Prix the closer chapter to them. Carlos Sainz arrives at Hockenheim as a newcomer at the Drivers' Championship Top 10 with 30 points to his name.

Formula 1 didn't race in Deutschland in 2015, so for Carlos it is going to be his first visit to the country as a driver in the series. It isn't his first race there, as it was precisely in Hockenheim where he contested in his very first Formula 3 race, back in 2011. Today, his goals are very different than then. Now the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso will be fighting to extend the points-streak he has carried over the past events, having scored points in six of the last seven (Baku is the exception, as he retired there with mechanical issues).

Hockenheim is one of the oldest races in the calendar. Its first appearance dates back to 1970 and since then has hosted a total of 34 German Grand Prixes. There was a time when it used to be one of the fastest venues in the calendar, known for its ever-long straights that crossed the Bden-Wurtemberg forests. It was modified in 2002 and now it combines high-speed turns with slow ones, such as the Mercedes Arena.

Pirelli will bring the medium, the soft and the supersoft compound, the same compounds as seen in last week's Hungarian Grand prix. Toro Rosso has chosen the same allocation for his two drivers: one set of mediums, four softs and eight supersofts.

These are Carlos' first impressions ahead of the German Grand Prix, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary.

"We arrive at Germany in full form, feeling satisfied with the last results and working flat-out to carry on the same way this weekend, which is the last one before the summer break. This will be the first time I drive the Hockenheim circuit in a Formula 1 car and I'm looking forward to it. I've prepared well with plenty of time on the simulator, which has given me a good idea of what to expect. We have McLaren very close in the Constructors' Championship, but we'll give our very best to keep them at bay.

Free Practice for the German Grand Prix will commence on Friday, 29th July, but Carlos will talk to the press on Thursday at 16:00 Spanish time. We will follow his media day via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.