Sep 1, 2016

Carlos Sainz celebrates 22 years: "I'm fulfilling my dream, it's a great pleasure"

He will use tomorrow’s Free Practice sessions to do checks in the car together with the team

Monza, September 1st 2016.- The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza welcomed today Formula One with clear blue skies and the iconic magic that resides within the park where the most historic track in the calendar is placed. But the day was even more special for Carlos Sainz, who celebrated his 22nd birthday in the paddock in company of the friends and work colleagues that travel with him along the world. He also received good wishes from all around the globe.

Some of these kind messages were compiled in a video made by Spanish fan club (@fanscarlosainz) together with the Italian (@Sainz55_fans), now available also in Carlos’ official YouTube channel.

On top of that, the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso was invited to participate in FIA’s Thursday Press Conference in the middle of a day characterized by the various media obligations and fan meetings.

Talking to Movistar+, he admitted to be living a sweet moment as a racing driver. “I don’t feel like an old guy, but I do notice that I feel more and more comfortable here. Now I know more people in the paddock, I make more friends. Who would have told me that I would celebrate 22 years with a secured-seat for next year, with a great season under my belt? I must feel very happy. I’m fulfilling a dream, it’s a great pleasure”.

Regarding the performance of his Toro Rosso STR11, the work of the past few days should go noticed tomorrow in Free Practice. “We’ll test a few things, which doesn’t mean that we’ll go back to old-setups to check-them. What we want to do is to do a double-check and make sure that our new parts have been working as expected, that everything that’s new is working fine and that our performance drop is due to our rivals’ improvement”.

Carlos remains fully motivated and is now thinking about the way to turn things around. “We know that it’s going to be much harder to score points in the second half of the season. We know that instead of fighting the Williams and Force Indias we’ll be fighting the Saubers and Renaults. This summer I thought about that, my goal was not to lose my focus and to get back in Spa feeling more eager than ever. In Belgium, all the things that I could do were done well, I think. Now there’s a lot of work going on, lots of analysis and tests that we’ll do in practice to try to recover from the setback we’re experiencing. I’m fully confident. It would have been nice to see where would have we ended in Spa, because after the start I was in seventh position, but sometimes things go this way”.

The Spaniard from Toro Rosso knows well Monza, home to some of his favorite corners. “The feeling you get when you do the track-walk here with your engineers is incredible. The never-ending straights, the old tarmac which you already know that it’s going to be hard on the tyres, the  chicanes, the Lesmos, the Ascari chicane, which is one of the nicest turns in the calendar for me… It gives you good vibes; it makes you feel eager to be out there on track”.

Finally, he spoke about Brazilian Felipe Massa, who will retire from Formula One at the end of this season. “I met him in 2005, when I was ten. He was nice to me, and by that time he already was a Formula One driver, a hero. He was very kind and I've felt a great respect for him. I spoke with him five minutes ago (before coming to the FIA Press Conference) and I'm sure that he will live a great life after Formula One”, he concluded.

The first Free Practice session for the Italian GP will commence tomorrow at 10:00 Spanish time. We will follow it via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.