Jul 6, 2017

Carlos Sainz in Austria: "I’m ready to take a step forward"

He enjoys the Red Bull Ring and will work together with his team to reconquer the fifth place in the Constructors’ standings

Spielberg, July 6th 2017.- Formula 1 has arrived at the Red Bull Ring, home of the ninth round on the calendar, the Austrian Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz is feeling in good spirits ahead of the event. He has scored points in six of the eight races held so far and he has 11 points more than he had last year at this stage of the season.

The Red Bull Ring, placed in the middle of the iconic Styrian mountains, brings good memories to Carlos since he was quite competitive here in his two previous appearances.  In 2016, his engine broke during Qualifying and he was forced to start from fifteenth, but he recovered seven places and finished eighth. In 2015, another power unit-related issue left him out of the race when he was fighting for a spot within the Top 7.

Today, Carlos completed the track-walk together with the engineers of Scuderia Toro Rosso as they all prepare for the first Free Practice session. He also attended the media, since he was invited to participate in the FIA Thursday Press Conference. The Spaniard expressed his delight with the many elevation changes of the track. "The Red Bull Ring is one of my favourite circuits. It has many ups and downs. I’ve watched last year’s race and from TV you can’t really see it, but when you walk the track you see it is one of the most spectacular venues of the year, a little bit like Spa-Francorchamps. I like it a lot". 

He also expressed his views after the chassis-related issue he experienced in Baku, which affected the downforce produced by his car. "The team has finally found that something was wrong with the car. I am totally confident that is is solved by now and that it won’t reappear again. They’ve worked hard to ensure it is like this".

Even though he was asked about the incident between Hamilton and Vettel in Baku, Carlos preferred to stay away from the subject and move on to the next chapter. He did indeed express his views about how the 2017 season has unfolded so far. "I think I’ve gotten to a point where I feel great confidence in myself, in the car and the team. This season has been very positive so far. We’ve scored points in every race that we’ve finished. We have more points than last year and that’s positive. We must keep up the good work. Williams passed us on the last event, so we have to push hard and gain performance, we have to score points with the two cars to fight for the fifth spot in the Constructors’ Championship".

Regarding the questions about his personal future, Carlos verbalized once again his opinion and said that no driver has spent four consecutive seasons in Toro Rosso. "I’m definitely ready to take a step forward in my career. I am ready. My target number one is to be with Red Bull next year, fighting for podiums, wins or whatever they’re fighting for next year. And I’m going to keep pushing for this. If that doesn’t happen, a fourth year in Toro Rosso is unlikely and I don’t want to close the door to any opportunity. I think it’s too early to talk about that. I hear rumours in the paddock and it’s fun, but for me the real fun is on the track. I want to keep on performing like this. My work is to drive the car as fast as possible", he concluded.

The Austrian Grand Prix will commence tomorrow with the two opening Free Practice sessions, which will be held at 10:00 and 14:00 local time. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos and track his progress via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.