The Spaniard has scored more points than in the whole 2016 season, although there are still six events remaining in the calendar
Sepang, September 28th 2017.- Carlos Sainz celebrates his 55th Grand Prix as a Formula 1 driver. He will achieve this milestone this weekend at the Malaysia GP, which will be held at the Sepang International Circuit. The Spaniard gets to the Asian event in full swing, having scored more points than in the entire 2016 season despite the fact that there are still six events remaining in the 2017 calendar.
The Sepang International Circuit entered the calendar back in 1999. It is regarded as one of the most iconic race-tracks built by German architect Hermann Tilke. 2017 will be the last year of the venue in the series, since its promoters have already announced their decision to not renew their contract with Formula 1.
Malaysia brings good memories for Carlos. In 2015, he recovered from fifteenth to eighth in his second race in the series. In 2016, he fought back rom sixteenth to eleventh, but didn’t get to the points, compromised by the lack of performance of its year-old power-unit. Heat and humidity are both trademarks of the Malaysian race, which this year is expected to be held in wet conditions. Rain is feasible for the three days of the weekend, with temperatures ranging from 30ºC to 35ºC. Together with the high G-forces generated in the middle and final sector, this is one of the toughest Grand Prixes in the calendar from a physical point of view.
Carlos will ‘loan’ his race-seat to Indonesian driver Sean Gelael during the first Free Practice sesión, just like in Singapore. This is bad news for the Spaniard, since he will have 90 minutes less of track-time which could prove really valuable if the rain arrives in Free Practice 2.
Carlos has spent the Thursday together with his engineers. He also attended the members of the press in the FIA Press Conference, where he expressed his views on the upcoming event. "I will try to make the most out of what we have. If we can be P10, I will strive for P10. If we can be P8, then P8. I will keep focused. Let’s see if we can have a good ‘birthday’ party", he said about his 55th Grand Prix, the same amount as in his race-number.
The driver thanked his team boss Franz Tost for the positive comments he has recently said about Carlos’ performance and continuity in the team. "I know that the team trusts in me and I like the fact that they count on me to score as many points as possible. I thank Franz Tost for his confidence", he said.
His teammate in this Grand Prix will be the French Pierre Gasly, who will race in the place of Russian Daniil Kvyat. Carlos has welcomed him to the team. "For me it is not very important, who is at the other side of the garage. But I am happy for Pierre, I know that he is fulfilling a dream. I congratulate him and I welcome him to the team".
The Malaysian GP will begin tomorrow Friday with the first two practice sessions, which will be held at 11:00 and 15:00 local time, 05:00 and 09:00 Spanish time. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.