Mar 17, 2016

Carlos Sainz: “I’ve had the flu, but I'll be back at my 100%”

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver is willing to give an opportunity to team-radio restrictions and new Qualifying system

Almost four months after his previous Grand Prix press conference, Carlos Sainz appeared today in front of the cameras to explain how he faces the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2016 season.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver admitted he recently had the flu, but he has recovered on time to be behind the wheel of the Toro Rosso STR11 with full confidence: “I had the flu, but I’m OK. I’m almost back at my 100%. All the training I did back in January and February didn’t vanish because of a flu, I’m still there and I’m eager to start”, he said to Spanish TV Movistar F1.

The gorgeous circuit of the Albert Park is the scenario where Carlos made his debut last year. He set a new record among Spanish drivers with the best Qualifying debut in history and then went on to make it to ninth place in the race, although it could have been even better had it not been for a pit-stop issue.

Meteorological forecasts suggest we have an unstable weekend ahead, as usual for this time of the year. Tomorrow rain could appear just in time for Free Practice, but Carlos is not worried about this possibility: “Rain would help us a bit, but you never know. It’s a new year, it’s not useful to have a wet Friday, especially with so many rules changes. We have less Full-Wet compounds, so there may be less activity than what we’d wish”.

Last but not least, the Toro Rosso driver gave his opinion about the team-radio restrictions, with communications limited only to safety and simple warnings during the last laps. Carlos admits this give drivers more work. “It will be a challenge. I’ve had to study a little bit more, but we must welcome these changes and accept them because they may be good. I would like to have my engineer telling me these things, but we must give change an opportunity”, he concluded.