Small upgrades for the MCL34 in the second round of the series
Manama, 28th of April 2019.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Bahrain International Circuit, home to the second event in the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship: the Bahrain GP.
The McLaren driver feels motivated ahead of the weekend. His MCL34 will receive a few upgrades for this round, after proving its competitiveness in the Australian GP, where nevertheless good luck was not on the side of the Spaniard: traffic in Qualifying and a retirement in the race due to a MGU-K failure after only 11 laps, in which he had already recovered four places. Bahrain promises to be a good opportunity to get back on track.
The Bahraini track is 5,412 meters long and has 15 corners in total. It is one of the two only circuits in the calendar in which the Spaniard hasn’t scored any points yet. His best result to date is an eleventh place in the 2018 event.
Tyres available for the Bahrain GP will be the C1, the C2 and the C3, which will be identified as the hard, the medium and the soft compound respectively. They represent the most conservative choice available in the 2019 tyre range, as Pirelli is well aware of how abrasive the track is.
Carlos has walked the track together with his engineers and has noticed that a third DRS zone has been introduced this season between turns 13 and 14 in order to try and improve overtaking. The Spaniard has also talked to the press.
"In McLaren we are optimistic, because we had good sensations in Australia despite the fact that I couldn’t show it in Qualifying. Our car is right in the mid-field fight, so it will be a matter of a couple of tenths to make it to Q3 or to fall in Q1. We will fight for them".
"Bahrain is a much better track than Albert Park when it comes to seeing where we stand in the grid. Because of the characteristics of the circuit, it will offer a much better representation of where every team is. We are bringing a few upgrades, but so will our rivals. It will be interesting to see who develops the fastest".
The Bahrain GP will begin on Friday with the two opening Free Practice sessions, which will take place at 14:00 and 18:00 local time, 12:00 and 16:00 Spanish time. As always, you can follow Carlos either through his social media channels or via his official website.