First race after the summer break
Francorchamps, August 29 2019.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to ultimate his preparation for the upcoming Belgian GP, the twelfth round of the 2019 Formula 1 season and the first one following the summer break.
The McLaren driver gets to the Ardennes in the seventh place of the Drivers’ Championship, where he currently has 58 points and a 27-points edge over his nearest competitor. His team is fourth in the Constructors’ with 82 points, 39 clear of its rivals.
Conceived in the 20s using the public roads of the region, Spa-Francorchamps held its maiden Grand Prix in 1925 and debuted in the Formula 1 Championship in the 1950 season. Carlos’ best performance to date is a tenth place in the race of 2017.
Tyres available for the weekend are the C1, the C2 and the C3, identified as the hard, the medium and the soft compound respectively. Carlos will have one set of the hardest option, three of the intermediate one and nine of the fastest one.
"With batteries recharged, it’s time to go back racing! The ambition is to keep up the good results and fight for the highest spot possible in both Championships. There are still many races to come this season and I’m sure we’ll enjoy some good battles in the midfield".
"In the three opening races we saw that we were close to being the best of the midfield. We had to wait until France to lead both in Qualifying and the race itself. Since then it’s not that we have always been the best, but we are there on Sundays and we manage to finish ahead. This doesn’t mean that we’ll still do the same now, but it’s time to work hard to keep up the good momentum of the first half of the season".
"The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is an incredible track and one of my favourites on the F1 calendar. I enjoy everything about this weekend. The unique layout of the track, Eau Rouge, Radillion, the atmosphere with the fans… it just makes the weekend one of the most special of the year".