Jul 19, 2018

Carlos Sainz: “Hockenheim is a track I know well”

The Renault driver reaches the halfway point of the season after a positive start

July 19th 2018.- Carlos Sainz faces this weekend his second outing at the German GP, which this season returns to the Formula 1 calendar at the Hockenheimring after a one-year absence. It is the eleventh round of the Championship and as such the halfway point of the series.

Germany is one of the countries with the richest Formula 1 heritage. Its first appearance in the racing calendar dates back to the 1951 season, although its first Grand Prix was held in 1926. Hockenheim made its debut in 1970 and has held 35 events ever since.

The Renault Sport Formula One Team has brought to Germany a brand-new front wing, which they expect to be a step-forward and a good asset in the fight to consolidate their fourth position on the Constructors’ standings, which they now own with a 19-point lead over Haas F1, their nearest competitor. Nico Hülkenberg will use the new wing on Friday and Carlos will do so on Saturday.

2018 has been Carlos’ best ever start to the season and he feels positive ahead of the weekend.
Pirelli has brought to Germany the medium, soft and ultrasoft tyres. Carlos will have two sets of the medium compound, one of the soft one and ten of the purple ultrasoft, which is set to be the preferred choice both for Qualifying and the race.

 

QUOTES:

I'm looking forward to it. I’ve raced a lot in Germany, especially karting and also in my Formula Renault days. I enjoy this track, and I’ve been here quite a lot so it feels familiar. This year is a warm season and that is always a challenge for the tyres. We’ve brought the weather through from Paul Ricard, Austria and Silverstone!