Aug 27, 2020

Carlos Sainz in Spa-Francorchamps: "It is always special to race here"

Belgian GP, 28th-30th August 2020

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (7,004 metres, 19 corners, in the calendar since 1950)

PREVIOUSLY:

  • Spa-Francorchamps plays host this weekend to the seventh round of the 2020 F1 season, the first of a triple-header that will continue in Monza and Mugello.
  • As of today, Carlos Sainz’s best result at the Belgian track is a tenth place in the 2017 race. Last year he retired after one lap due to an issue on his power unit.
  • The McLaren driver is confident that the Belgian track will suit the MCL35. He would welcome the rain, which is forecasted for the three days of the event.

QUOTES:
"Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most beautiful circuits on the calendar and it is always special to race in a place like this. It has both fast corners and medium speed corners, so in theory it should be a good place for our car, but we are not taking anything for granted because last year we struggled more than what we expected”.

"It is very likely that it rains during the weekend, so that would make for a very thrilling challenge at one of the most demanding tracks of the Championship. In Austria we saw that these cars tend to suffer from aquaplaning, since the tyres are very wide and you need to go fast in order to keep them in the temperature window. It is another factor we should take into consideration to try and get a good result, which is our goal".

COMING UP:
Friday, 28th August 2020
Free Practice 1 – 11:00 local time (11:00 CEST)
Free Practice 2 – 15:00 local time (15:00 CEST)