The Spaniard celebrates his 75th race in Formula One
Singapore, September 13th 2018.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the city-state of Singapore, home this weekend to the fifteenth round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship. He will tackle one of the most popular new events in the calendar, one that brings back great memories since it was here that he first achieved what still is his best result in the series: a fourth place. He faces the weekend feeling optimistic, since it is, in theory, one of the best tracks for his car.
The Spaniard of the Renault Sport Formula One Team lands at the Marina Bay Street Circuit after scoring an excellent eighth place at the Italian GP, where he exceeded all expectations in the most difficult track for the characteristics of the R.S.18.
Singapore was the first night race in the Formula One calendar. In 2018, it turns ten years. It takes place at a 5.063-meter urban track located in the port of the city. Heat and wet conditions are extreme, with temperatures rising above 55ºC inside the cockpit. Carlos has followed a specific training program for this weekend, one that involved training in a wet sauna to recreate the same weather conditions. He will remain in European time to avoid jet-lag, as will his rivals.
Weather forecasts suggests a high chance of rain across the three days of the event, although rain is expected in the morning hours, not so in the afternoon and the night. Tyres available for the weekend are the soft, the ultrasoft and the hypersoft. Carlos will have three, two and eight sets respectively, the same tyre selection as his teammate.
As he met the press in the paddock, Carlos expressed his feelings on the weekend.
“I like Singapore. You must be strong and embrace the heat and the humidity, because you spend two hours inside the car with temperatures over 40 degrees inside the racing suit. If you don’t like that, if you are afraid of the track, then you are set for a bad time. Singapore brings back some good memories. Not only because of my fourth place in the 2017 race, but also for the 2015 and 2016 events. We have always performed well here and now it’s time to do the same with Renault. Plus, it will mark my 75th race, so it is a good place to celebrate”.
“We know that this is a good chance to finish ahead of our main competitors. Some of them have scored a lot of points in the past few races, but I hope Renault can return to the mix. We will have to work hard. There are no long straights here, it’s all slow corners and that’s where our car performs best. I believe this is one of our best chances. Hopefully we will seize it”.
The Singapore GP will kick-off on Friday with the Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2. The first one will be held in day-light conditions at 16:30 local time, 10:30 in Spain. The second one will follow at 20:30, 14:30 Spanish time. You will be able to follow Carlos on his social media channels as well as on his official website www.carlossainz.es.