Jun 21, 2018

Carlos Sainz in France: "Paul Ricard is like a maze, one of the most technical tracks"

Renault Sport Formula One Team races in home soil this weekend.

Paul Ricard, 21st June 2018.- Carlos Sainz will race this weekend at the French GP, which returns to the Formula One calendar ten years after its last event, held in 2008. The Spaniard has already raced at the Paul Ricard circuit in earlier stages of his career, such as in 2014, when he scored two victories in the World Series by Renault 3.5.

The French GP is a special one for Carlos, since it is the home event of the Renault Sport Formula One Team. Another reason to be excited for the upcoming race.

Carlos was eighth at the Canadian GP before getting to France. This means that he has scored points in six of the past seven races, and as such that he is having his best-ever start to a season in his Formula One career. His streak also continues on Saturdays, since he hasn’t missed a single Q3 this year.

Tyres available for the weekend are the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft compounds. Carlos will have one set of the most conservative option, three of the intermediate one and nine of the quickest.

Upon his arrival at Le Castellet, he was surprised by the enthusiasm of the French crowd. "I am impressed by the number of people that I have already seen at the track wearing a Renault cap. Both the team and the track are devoted to Formula One. We need more countries reacting like this to Formula One".

"The circuit itself is like a maze. There are so many blue lines outside of the tarmac that you never truly know where you are. It would be a very difficult circuit indeed if they put gravel and moved the walls closer to the track. It will already be very difficult. I believe it is one of the most technical circuits in the entire calendar".

He has confidence in the capacity of his team to strengthen its fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship. "I think we can sustain that. I have a lot of confidence in this time and in the way they approach the season. We have improved since the beginning of the year and in the upcoming races we will try and optimize what we have in the car to make it quicker, with further upgrades too".

The French GP will begin tomorrow Friday with Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 at 12:00 and 16:00 local time. You will be able to follow Carlos’ progress via his social media channels and his official website www.carlossainz.es.