After a great comeback drive in Austria, time to race in the country of McLaren
Silverstone, 11th of June 2019.- Carlos Sainz travels this weekend to the birthplace of Formula 1, Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix. For the Spaniard it will be a special event in the country of his team, McLaren Racing.
Carlos looks ahead to the tenth round of the Championship just a few days after McLaren announced the renewal of his teammate Lando Norris for the 2020 season. The Briton will partner the Spaniard one more year, although Carlos’ future with the Woking-based team was already granted by his original two-year deal.
The Silverstone Circuit, built on the site of a World War II bomber station, held the first ever Grand Prix of the Formula 1 championship in May of 1950. The British Grand Prix has always been in the calendar ever since.
Carlos’ best result in Silverstone is an eighth place in the 2016 race, although it is still one of his favourite tracks. It is also the place where he did his maiden test with a Formula 1 car back in July of 2013.
The Spaniard gets to Silverstone seventh in the Drivers’ Championship after scoring four valuable points in the Austrian GP, where he executed a brilliant comeback from nineteenth on the grid to eighth at the chequered flag.
Tyres available for the weekend are the C1, the C2 and the C3, identified as the hard, the medium and the soft compounds respectively. Given the high lateral loads faced in Silverstone’s many fast corners, it is the most conservative selection possible. Carlos will have one set of the hardest option, four of the intermediate one and eight of the fastest.
"The weekend of the British Grand Prix is a special one for the team. You can feel it in the electricity in the air, in the will from everyone to put on a good show for all the people from the factory that will be cheering for us from the grandstands. Silverstone is one of the best circuits in the Formula 1 calendar. The feeling you get around its corners is hard to find elsewhere".
"The car will be similar to Austria, although we always try to improve it. We know that it is very tight, that in this fight a couple tenths make the difference and that they may play in your favour or not depending on slipstreams, temperatures… We must stay focused on ourselves to try and make everything right and maximize our options".