May 12, 2016

Carlos Sainz, eager to jump at his Toro Rosso at the Spanish GP

The goal is to score points and repeat the success of 2015

Barcelona, May 12th 2016.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, host track of the Spanish Grand Prix. On Sunday it will be the scenario of one of the most exciting races Carlos will enjoy all season long.

The Great Circus kicks off the European round of his calendar and as usual the tour will commence in Barcelona. For Carlos it will be a very special day, as he will be racing in front of his home crowd and in the circuit where last year he scored his best Qualifying result in Formula 1, a great fifth place that put his Toro Rosso in front of cars by Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull.

For Toro Rosso, the biggest news of the week-end will be at the other side of its box, as next to Carlos the team will have Russian Daniil Kvyat, who returns to the place where in 2014 he began his Formula 1 career. This situation will continue all season long and truth is both drivers already know themselves very well, as they were teammates on their way to Formula 1: Formula BMW, Formula Renault, GP3... This will be the fourth time they're aligned together.

Carlos will use the second unit of most of the components of his Ferrari power train -each driver has five-, a change scheduled by the team that won't translate into any penalties or bad consequences for the driver.

Tyre-wise, Pirelli has chosen the hard compound (2 sets for Carlos), the medium (5 sets for him) and the yellow softs (6).

These were Carlos' first words in Barcelona, where yesterday he took part in an event with sponsor Estrella de Galicia and the media before starting the work on track with his engineers.

"Last year I couldn't have asked the GP to turn out better than it did and I hope this year will be a similar situation. Let's see what our car enables us to do and what the other's bring to the track".

"I'm eager to start my home GP! What I like the most about this track is the incredible fans we have here, they're always cheering for the Spanish drivers. It's an amazing feeling. My favorite memory from last year is crossing the line after my Qualifying lap and seeing so many people celebrating with me my fifth place. I was smiling all the way back to the Pit-Lane, it was a moment I will never forget!"

"So far we've encountered circumstances along the way that have costed us dearly in the first four rounds. We were very quick in Australia and Bahrain, also in China... Good starts, good pit-stops -last year they were sort of our weakness-. I don't consider it to be bad luck. When a piece of a front wing stucks in your sidepod and you lose three seconds per lap, it may seem bad luck, but I don't call it that way because in the end these things can happen in a race. We must remember we have still 17 races to go, a couple years ago that would mean a whole Championship. We can start from scratch here in Barcelona and go for it".

"We do a lot of winter testing here and truth is the car hasn't changed that much since then. We brought upgrades to Australia but here we won't be bringing in anything new. We'll just change the engine due to mileage reasons and move on to the second power unit we have available. There are teams, some of our rivals in the Championship, that will bring many updates and we'll have to keep an eye on them because they might get closer or be just in front of us. Anyway, I hope we can score a good result both here and in Monaco, I have the feeling these might be good tracks for us", Carlos concluded.