Points are the goal in a race-track that suits well the Toro Rosso STR12
Singapore, September 14th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the city-state of Singapore, home this weekend to the fourteenth round in the Formula 1 World Championship. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso travels to Asia willing to return to the points, well-aware of the fact that the Marina Bay race-track is a more favourable scenario for his STR12 than the previous rounds in the calendar.
The Singapore GP entered the Formula 1 circus back in 2008. Since then, it has established itself as a highlight of the season. Its geographical position, but mainly the fact that it is the original night race, make it outstand from the calendar as one of the most glamorous events of all.
Carlos’ best result in this race-track was a ninth place in the 2015 event, in a race in which the Spaniard recovered well after experiencing trouble with his gear-box. In 2016, he qualified sixth but was involved in a crash at the start, a crash that ultimately compromised his performance. He crossed the finish line in fourteenth place.
Weather forecasts don’t rule out rain for Friday and Sunday, although Saturday looks stable. Pirelli has brought the three softest compounds of its tyre-range, the soft, the supersoft and the ultrasoft, as well as the full-wet and intermediate rain options.
In his Thursday Press Conference, Carlos expressed his views on the upcoming weekend.
"Here we should perform quite better than in Monza, we must seize this opportunity. We have opportunities in this track and it may be that we don’t have that many more in store until the end of the season. We will go for it and we will fight to be in the points".
Talking about his physical preparation, Carlos feels confident despite the demanding nature of Singapore. "I am ready. It will be a very tough race. It was the case and this year, with these cars, I’m expecting the worse. But I am ready. I’ve been training in heat conditions all summer long. These temperatures shouldn’t be a problem".
Singapore is special. "I like the circuit. I don’t like the heat that much, because it makes your life harder and your car can get really hot. But I like racing here, still. We wake up at 14:00 hours, which in Europe would be 08:00, and we go to bed at 04:00, the 22:00 in Spain.
The Singapore GP will begin tomorrow Friday with the two first Free Practice sessions, which will begin at 16:30 and 20:30 local time, 10:30 and 14:30 Spanish time. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.