Jun 8, 2017

Carlos Sainz in Canada: "We will try to keep fighting for points"

The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso, willing to discover how his STR12 performs in Montreal after his Monaco P6

Montreal, June 8th.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the city of Montreal to take part in the Canadian Grand Prix, the seventh round of the 2017 Formula 1 season. The Spaniard is fully focused to carry on the momentum he has built over the start of the season, in which he has achieved remarkable performances such as the sixth place he secured at Monaco on May 29th.

4,361 meters long, the Gilles Villeneuve is an urban circuit with speeds averaging over 200 kilometers/hour and some of the most famous corners in the world, such as the Wall of Champions. The 2017 race will be Carlos’ third appearance at the track. He was twelfth in 2015, but came back stronger in 2016 and finished ninth after starting from twentieth on the grid.

Weather forecasts predict a sunny weekend in Montreal, although rain is expected for the Friday Free Practice sessions. Carlos will face the event with two sets of soft tyres, three of the supersoft compound and eight of the ultrasoft, the same tyre allocation as his team-mate.

Carlos, who spent the Thursday busy with engineering meetings and press commitments, is looking forward to the Grand Prix expecting a small step behind in terms of performance due to the nature of the Canadian circuit, which plays in favor of those teams that use stronger power units.
"Walls, walls and more walls. Here we driver very close to them just like in Monaco, although in a much faster way. I hope we do fine. Maybe Monaco suited us a bit better, but we will try to stay in the fight for points", the Spaniard said.

"I don’t want to sound pessimistic or anything, because to me all the races are equally important. But I don’t think that we will repeat a P6 in Qualifying unless there’s some rain or we find ourselves in an eventful session. I am optimistic, because anything can happen. I think we can fightback in the race, but it will probably be harder to reach Q3 in Qualifying".

Carlos explains he has received many positive messages after his performance in Montecarlo.
"The feedback has been great. If there is a track where you want to do well, this is Monaco. It was the perfect weekend for me, now on to Canada, which is another one that I like a lot. Last year we were quick here, so I am looking forward to it".

"Monaco was good, probably better than expected. To be P6 and stay ahead of a Mercedes was what we needed. I am very happy. This season is more difficult to shine. I finished the weekend very happy because it was exactly what I needed".

Carlos regrets that nowadays it is impossible for midfield drivers to fight for a podium finish, something that was feasible not so long ago.
"There are not enough places in the grid for the good drivers that you find in Formula 1. There are many drivers who are capable of winning races, but for some reason or another it is not possible. I am notasking for all cars to be the same, because that will never happen, but that if I do a greate weekend I can finish in the podium. It used to happen in 2012 with Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado and so on. You could do a perfect race and finish in the podium instead of sixth. You could shine more. I don’t think that happens this year".

The Spaniard stays true to Toro Rosso and the Red Bull family and avoids discussing the silly season. "While I am a driver of Toro Rosso, I won’t lose that hope", he said about a possible move to Red Bull. "I don’t understand why they keep me here if it isn’t for promoting me some day. I will keep the faith as long as I remain as a Toro Rosso driver. I will give my everything for the team. You have to leave all the doors open, you can’t close them to any team, not to the team that has trusted in me. I won’t close the doors to Toro Rosso because I am very happy".

The Canadian Grand Prix will begin tomorrow Friday with the first two Free Practice sessions, which will commence at 10:00 and 14:00 local time, 16:00 and 20:00 CEST. As usual, we will follow Carlos’ progress closely via his website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.