In 2015 he scored here the best result of the season; this year he wants to fight for points
Austin, 20th October 2016.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Circuit of the Americas, placed just outside the Texan city of Austin and home to the United States Grand Prix of Formula 1. The Spaniard from Scuderia Toro Rosso approaches the eighteenth round on the calendar feeling good, as it's a track where he's scored good results in the past.
Last year, Carlos was fourth and fifth in the Free Practice sessions that took place, as the third one was cancelled due to heavy rains. Qualifying was hit by a big storm and he was forced to start the race from the back of the grid after running out of track. Nevertheless, the best was yet to come as he did a brilliant comeback in the race with a personal record for the most overtakings in his F1 career. He finished the event in an spectacular seventh place, one of his best performances in the series.
This year, Scuderia Toro Rosso reaches the United States event in a delicate situation, mainly due to the frozen development of his power-unit. Plus, weather forecasts suggest that the weekend will be completely dry, and that's not good news for Carlos.
For this race, Pirelli has selected the medium, soft and supersoft compounds. Toro Rosso has the same tyre allocation for both drivers: three sets of the medium, three of the soft and seven of the supersoft.
As in every Grand prix, Thursdays are a day full of engineering and media meetings. Carlos talked to the journalists to explain them his options for the Texan race.
“Something very strange should happen to get in the points. We'll do our weekend, we'll make the most out of what's in our car and we'll do what we are capable of. Suzuka was a bitter sweet one, because had the car been able to overtake the race would have been very different. But we were wrong, we thought that with a two-stopper strategy we'd be able to overtake on fresh tyres and it wasn't the case. We've learned the lesson. We'll be between P12 and P15 in the race and we must follow the correct strategy to try and score some points", he explained to Movistar+ F1.
Motivation is key, despite the struggle Toro Rosso has been through in the latter part of the season. "My will is the same as always, although that's not easy because I'm a competitive person. I like to fight for points, at least. But when you get in the car, you have to think of how lucky you are that you're driving a Formula 1, that you are in Austin and in such an awesome car, and then you know you're there to do the best job possible. And you enjoy. I'm racing in F1, it's a dream come true".
The driver also talked about last year's event. "I learned a lot that weekend. Those were mixed conditions. The track was totally wet. Racing a Formula 1 car in those conditions is one of the most fun yet uncontrollable things I've ever done, you're really on the limit. This year it looks like it's going to be a smoother weekend. That's good on one hand, but a race like the 2015 one wouldn't be bad for us considering our power situation".
Last but not least, Carlos talked about the circuit. "I do really like Austin because many new tracks haven't been able to emulate what Suzuka, Spa or Silverstone have. But if there is one with a proper personality and charisma, that one is Austin. It has that personality that maybe is lacking in the other tracks. I think Hermann Tilke realized that it was necessary to have uphill straights, fast turns... Places where you can really feel the power of a F1, and less 90 degrees turns. The first sector here is quite outstanding, also for the driver. It's fun. There are many especial turns and we'll make the most of them", he concluded.
Free Practice for the United States will begin tomorrow at 17:00 Spanish time. We will follow it via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.