He believes in his chances for the weekend despite the power-demanding nature of the track
Silverstone, July 13th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at Silverstone and now works in the last details previous to the tenth round on the calendar, which is also one of the most historic races in the world: the British Grand Prix. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso, who this weekend will celebrate his 50th race in the sport, will try to recover and score some points after his retirement at the Austrian GP, where technical difficulties prevented him from crossing the finish line.
Before arriving to Northamptonshire, Carlos visited London on Wednesday and participated in the first ever F1 Live London, a massive display of motor racing held by Formula 1 itself in the heart of the city. All the teams were there and Carlos attended the event with his racing overalls as he got behind the wheel of a 2013 Toro Rosso STR8, the first F1 car he ever drove, in an urban circuit between Trafalgar Square and Hords Guards Parade.
Weather is a common concern going into a British race. On this occasion, the latest forecast suggests that it will be a cloudy weekend from Friday to Sunday, with risk of rain on Saturday morning and on Sunday. There is a 20% risk of rain during the opening part of the race.
Silverstone is a circuit that brings good memories to Carlos. In 2015, in his first F1 appearance there, he qualified eighth on the grid but could not transform that starting position into a solid point-finish performance due to technical issues. On 2016, reliability stood together and the Spaniard crossed the line eighth despite an important deficit in terms of Top Speed. This is also the scenario where he completed his first kilometres in a Formula 1 car, in the rookie tests that were held here on July 2013.
As on every Thursday, Carlos has worked together with his engineers on the last details ahead of the race. He has also done the traditional track-walk. He has also found some time on his agenda to answer the questions of the media.
Carlos smiled as he remember yesterday’s London event. "It is a special Grand Prix, it is so even before the start of the weekend itself. Yesterday I had tons of fun with the crowd that came to the event. We at Red Bull are quite used to performing on road shows, but I enjoy them a lot. Maybe it was the sunniest day I’ve seen in London, so it was a good way to start the weekend".
Talking about the upcoming Grand Prix, Carlos explains he faces it optimistic. "I really like this circuit and the memories it brings me. They’ve resurfaced the track here and there, but overall I don’t think that will affect too much. In theory this one won’t be an easy weekend for us, because here we spend a lot of time flat-out on the straights and we are not the strongest team of the grid in terms of output power. But that doesn’t mean anything. We will work just the way we worked in Austria, where we had a good weekend. Track temperature is cold here and it can be windy too, so you can find time in the corners if you feel confident with your car. We have the same spec car as in Austria, but we know it is a good package. It’s time to make the most out of it", he explained.
The British Grand Prix will begin tomorrow Friday. The first Free Practice session will be held at 09:00 local time, 10:00 Spanish time. Free Practice 2 will follow at 13:00, 14:00 in Spain. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.