He arrives at the desert in top form after finishing seventh in China
Sakhir, April 13th 2017.- With no time to rest, Carlos Sainz has travelled from China to Bahrain to take part in the third Grand Prix of the 2017 Formula 1 season in this little island on the Persian Gulf.
Carlos’ start of the season is his best one so far since he joined Formula 1. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso is seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 10 points after finishing eighth and seventh in Australia and China respectively. Toro Rosso is fourth on the Constructors’ standings, only behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Meeting the press at the track, Carlos said that this year he wants to change his fortune.
"I have had two negative results in Bahrain, so I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to recover. I’m eager to start this weekend, although I know it’s going to be a tough circuit for the car and the drivers".
"I don’t think we’ll have the fourth fastest car in Bahrain, but we will keep fighting and keep seeking points. The year is very long. We’ve been doing very well so far, but we will have to see what targets do we set ourselves when our rivals start introducing their upgrades".
"The main challenges will be deciding whether we do a one-stopper or a two-stopper race, and also finishing our homework in a single session, Free Practice 2. Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 3 are not very useful, because the track is much warmer and it is almost two seconds slower than it is later in Qualifying and in the race. It will be a similar weekend to China, with little running although for different reasons".
Carlos believes there is margin of improvement within the current race format, although he would only accept any changes if they were applied to all the rounds of the calendar.
"It would be difficult for televisions to fit more or less Practice sessions. I am open to a change in the weekend format, but a change to a fixed format for the whole year. There is some margin for improvement with the event format of Formula 1, to attract more fans and make the weekend from Thursday to Friday more interesting. But I wouldn’t change it race by race".
The Spaniard also talked about his father, who turned 35 yesterday. "His anniversary went well, everything was great. He is 55 years now, which as you know is the number of Team Carlos Sainz. Let’s hope it’s a good year for him and for myself".
Free Practice 1 for the Bahrain Grand Prix will start tomorrow at 14:00 local time (13:00 CET). As usual, we will track Carlos’ progress via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.