Both the driver and his team feel good ahead of a unique GP in the calendar
Monaco, May 25th 2016.- Carlos Sainz arrived today at Monaco, where this weekend one of the most special Grand Prix of the season will be held. The Monte-Carlo circuit, inaugurated back in 1929, has been almost unaltered since then and has played host to some of the most epic fights in motorsports.
The first time Carlos got to know the Monaco madness was in 2013, in his debut as a World Series by Renault driver. He repeated the experience in 2014 and in 2015 he arrived there as a Formula 1 driver. He made a spectacular comeback in the most difficult track to overtake. The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver had to start from the Pit-Lane after accidentally missing FIA's weight protocol in Qualifying, even though the car was declared to be totally legal and had been the eighth fastest around. In the race, a bunch of overtakes and a fantastic race pace took Carlos to the tenth position.
For this season, Pirelli has chosen the soft, the supersoft and the ultrasoft tyres. It will be the debut of the ultrasoft compound, which so far has only been tested in pre-season. Toro Rosso has chosen three soft sets for Carlos, three of the supersoft and seven of the ultrasoft, the same choices as his teammate Daniil Kvyat.
These were Carlos first words after arriving at the city of this weekend's Grand Prix.
"Monaco is one of my favorite circuits because it's very special, not only for me but for all drivers. It's a thrilling and challenging weekend. Last year was great because I could overtake and in theory in this circuit it's very difficult to do so. I finished in the points, though I had a moment when I lost the rear of my car at the chicane and almost ran into Ericsson's car".
"The result of the Spanish GP gives us an extra boost for this race. Plus, the characteristics of this track should suit better our STR11 as power is not as important as in other places. The atmosphere within the team is fantastic, so we'll fight to get the maximum amount of points on Sunday".
"My favourite corners are Tabac and the Swimming-Pool. They're very fast, beautiful. On Sunday we'll get through them 78 times and on different tyres. We'll have to define our strategy for the race, it's always important to minimize time spent behind slower cars. Monaco will also mark the debut of the ultrasoft compound, in a track whose surface evolves and improves as the weekend moves forward".
Free Practice won't begin until Thursday May 26th, even though there are already activities going on. Today Carlos took part in the traditional and benefic football match between Formula 1 drivers and celebrities. As usual, it was held at the Stade Louis II.