Reliability and strategy will play a major role in a unique circuit
Baku, April 25th 2019.- Carlos Sainz embarks himself on the fourth race of the 2019 Formula 1 season, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which, for the third year in a row, takes place this weekend at a twisty street circuit in the city of Baku, the capital of this country, right in the middle between Europe and Asia.
Carlos arrives at the seashore of the Caspian Sea willing to put together a clean weekend and turn into results the good potential shown so far in the first events of the year, in which he wasn’t able to score points for different reasons beyond his control.
The uniqueness of the Baku City Circuit, which embodies an unusual combination of long straights and slow corners, contribute to create some of the most unpredictable racing the sport has seen in recent years. Carlos has been able to cope with that in the past, scoring points in the last two appearances, including a brilliant fifth place in the 2018 event, his best result that season.
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 compounds respectively. It is the same tyre choice as in Melbourne and Shanghai. Carlos will have one set of the hard white compound, two of the medium yellow one and ten of the soft red, which is set to be the most used option.
"For us, it is important this weekend to make sure that we are on top of the reliability, that we have a smooth weekend. Normally that gives you a good reward here in Azerbaijan. You don’t need to have the fastest car to score a good result, but you have to do everything well".
Carlos also discussed his personal approach for this Grand Prix. "When you are comfortable with the car and the team, when you know that you are fast whenever you hit the track, you know it is just a matter of time before things improve. Our season has started very well in a lot of stuff, except for the final results. I am very hungry for that first point-finish performance with McLaren, but I am not desperate at all, because I know results will come".
The Azerbaijan GP will start on Friday with the two opening Free Practice sessions, which will take place at 13:00 and 17:00 local time respectively, the 11:00 and 15:00 Spanish time. As always, you will be able to follow Carlos either via his social media channels or his official webpage www.carlossainz.es.