Jun 20, 2019

Carlos Sainz, ahead of the French GP: "I hope we can fight"

He is seventh in the Drivers' Championship

Le Castellet, 20th June 2019.- Carlos Sainz is set to take part in the French GP, the eight round of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, which will take place this weekend at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

The McLaren driver gets to the south of France after a hard-fought performance in Canada, where he remained in points contention up until the chequered flag despite having to put 67 laps on the same set of tyres after an issue related to the air ducts of his brakes forced him to change his strategy.

Opened in 1970 and rebuilt by Bernie Ecclestone at the dawn of the new millennium, the track of Le Castellet found his way back to the calendar in 2018 after a two-decade hiatus. 
Previously, it held 14 events of the Championship between 1971 and 1990.

Carlos has good memories from his previous visit, which is remembered for his splendid start, that enabled him to move up from seventh to third. The Spaniard completed eight laps in the podium and finished the race in eighth place, after suffering technical difficulties in the closing stages of what was one of his best performances of the season.

Tyres available for the weekend are the C2, the C3 and the C4, which will be identified as the hard, the medium and the soft compound respectively. Carlos will have one set of the most conservative option, three of the intermediate one and nine of the fastest.

The Spaniard took place in today’s FIA press conference, where he had the chance to answer the questions of the media as he prepares for a race in which the points are, once again, his main goal.

QUOTES:

"I am confident that we can fight this weekend. Some of our rivals are very strong in Qualifying, so we are well aware that we have to do it better than them in the race, where we still have some margin for improvement. Qualifying will be pretty intense up to Q3, but we will seize our opportunities"

"We come here after Canada, which turned out to be very difficult for us after the incident we had with the visor tear-off. I think we have learned from it and I believe we will be able to use that learning to do it even better in France. I have good memories of this circuit, from Formula 1 itself but also from the feeder series".