The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso starts the second half of the season with 35 points
Spa Francorchamps, August 24th 2017.- Summer holidays are over for Formula 1 as the sport gets back to work this weekend in the historic and ever-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Carlos Sainz has arrived at the mythical race-track in the Ardennes, home to the Belgian GP, one of the most prestigious events in the calendar.
Drivers and teams arrive with the batteries fully charged after enjoying a well-deserved summer break after the Hungarian GP, since they are obliged to shut-down their factories for 14 days. This action ensures some breathing time for the teams, away from the frenetic routine of the sport. Carlos made the most out of his vacations, meeting family and friends while training hard in the Balearic Islands.
Carlos has unfinished business in Belgium, since he has retired there twice in his previous appearances. In 2015, a power-loss during the formation lap forced him to pit for two laps as his team worked on a solution. He retired 32 laps later to save mileage. In 2016, he was forced to abandon after suffering a puncture in the second lap. Previously, he had done a marvelous start overtaking seven cars to move up to the seventh spot on the standings.
Spa-Francorchamps is known for its variable weather, which is hard to predict since the circuit is 7.004 meters long. The latest forecasts says that rain is expected for Friday and Saturday, while on Sunday the risk is lower but existent. Pirelli will bring the soft, the supersoft and the ultrasoft compounds, together with the intermediate and the full-wet tyres of the PZero range.
Carlos spent the Thursday together with his engineers in preparation for the Grand Prix. He also attended the journalists in his press conference.
“I am really looking forward to Spa-Francorchamps, because it is a circuit where I was really fast in my junior career. But I have suffered reliability issues there since my arrival to Formula 1”.
“You always must respect Eau Rouge. It is one of the fastest corners in the Championship, a corner where you make the most of the downforce you have. It is a very long corner and this year we will feel 5G”.
He expects a very tight battle in the midfield. Points will be his goal.
“We know what our differences are compared to rivals like Renault or Williams. They have a small edge on us. We will try to compensate that with my driving, the team’s strategy and the car we have”.
“Scoring points will be no easy task from no won. McLaren and Renault are ahead of us and we will have to perform perfect weekends if we want to make it to the Top 10. From now on, the goal will be to do perfect weekends”.
The Belgian Grand Prix will start tomorrow Friday with the first two Free Practice sessions, which will be held at 10:00 and 14:00 Spanish time. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es
and our Twitter handle @carlosainzinfo.