Oct 19, 2017

Carlos Sainz faces his debut Grand Prix as a Renault driver: "I’ve already seen many positive things in the team"

It will be a learning week-end for the Spaniard, although he will try to be fast from the start

Austin, October 19th 2017.- Wearing a black and yellow polo shirt, Carlos Sainz lands in the city of Austin to compete in his first Formula One Grand Prix as an official race-driver for Renault Sport F1 Team. The young Spaniard will make his debut with the Enstone-based team this week-end in the Circuit of the Americas, home to the United States Grand Prix.

Carlos arrives at Renault after 57 Grand Prixes with Scuderia Toro Rosso, where he consolidated himself as the driver with the most points in the history of the team, 112. On his way, he put remarkable performances like his fourth place in the 2017 Singapore GP.

From the United States onwards, the Spaniard works as a Renault driver. He lands in America after an intense week in Great Britain, where he visited the team’s factory to get to know the engineers and learn about their work procedures, and also to test his car, the RS17, in the simulator.

Yesterday, Carlos was in the race-track to get work done in advance for the weekend. He walked the circuit together with his engineers a day earlier than expected to ensure that he could attend his media commitments on Thursday after his recent signing for Renault, as well as continuing his preparations for the seventeenth round on the calendar.

Recent weather forecasts suggest rain is feasible throughout the weekend. Pirelli has brought to Austin the Soft, the Supersoft and the Ultrasoft tyres. Carlos will have two sets of the medium compound, three of the red one and eight from the fastest one, the ultrasoft, which this week-end will be pink instead of purple in a campaign to support breast cancer.

For the sixth time this year, Carlos was invited to take part in the FIA Press Conference. These were his first thoughts.

"For me it is a good opportunity to get to know the Renault engineers, the PR team, the bosses… I’ve started to work with them and that gives us a small advantage for 2018. 2018 cars will be an evolution from the ones seen in 2017, so the more I learn with the RS17, the better I’ll be prepared for next year".

Talking about his goals for this weekend, he remains cautious yet determined. "My main goal is to do a good job in every session. I would like to have the pace straightaway, but I can’t get carried away. I must go step by step to know the car, adapt myself to it but also adapt it to my own style. That takes time, but we’ll go step by step. I hope we can get in that situation as soon as possible".

His first contact has been very positive: "With the team change, drivers and procedures change too. Everything is different. I’m here this week-end to help, to see what can be improved. I can already say that the team has many positive things that I’m happy with. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow", he said.

Austin is an interesting circuit for Carlos, although it is a demanding track for the car. "It has many fast-turns, so it’s important to really know the limits of the car. Some of the heaviest breaking zones in the calendar are here; we go from 330kph to 80kph in many occasions. It may not be easy to debut here, but this will allow myself to discover how the car behaves in every type of turn", he concluded.

NEW HELMET

In his arrival at Renault, Carlos has revealed the new helmet that he will use with the Enstone-based formation. It is similar to the one he has used since the Monaco GP, but the black color –which the driver has always liked– replaces the eletric blue as the base of the design.

The United States will begin tomorrow Friday with the first two practice sessions, which will start at 10:00 and 14:00 local time –17:00 and 21:00 Spanish time–. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.