His seventh place at Paul Ricard, a positive note for this weekend
Spielberg, 27th of June 2019.- Carlos Sainz embarks himself this weekend in the second part of the first back-to-back of the 2019 Formula 1 season. The Austrian GP will take place at the Red Bull Ring, seven days after the French round of the Championship.
Built in the Alps, the Spielberg racetrack is famous for its natural ups and downs and for the simplicity of its layout, that proves that nine corners are enough to embody the essence of old-school racing. Although it returned to the calendar in 2014, its origins date back to 1970, first known as the Osterreichring and then the A1-Ring.
Carlos looks ahead to the ninth round of the calendar after a good performance at the Circuit Paul Ricard, where he finished sixth and scored eight points, matching his best result of the season and strengthening his seventh place in the Drivers’ Championship, the first one behind the three leading teams. That result also helped McLaren in the Constructors’ Championship, where it currently holds the fourth place with an 8-point margin over Renault.
The Red Bull Ring brings back sweet memories. Carlos finished eighth there back in 2016, although he also retired twice with engine issues in 2015 and 2017. In 2018 he managed to make it to Q3, but finished the race outside of the points after struggling with the tyres.
Tyres available for the weekend are the C2, the C3 and the C4, which will be identified as the hard, the medium and the soft compound respectively. Carlos will have two sets of the most conservative option, three of the intermediate and eight of the fastest.
"As a driver, it is easier to go to a race when you have just had one like the one we did in France. I am motivated and I really want to keep this momentum, because everything is so tight that we can’t relax. Things change from race to race, but I feel myself at a good level and we are working very well as a team".
"Spielberg is a circuit with many fast corners and it is harsh on the neck. Heat will be an important factor. We know we will be facing high temperatures, but nobody really knows how that will impact the performance of the car. The most important thing in these conditions is to make sure that reliability is not a concern. From then on, we will work as hard as always to try and seize any opportunity that may come in our way".