The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver doesn't think about the 2015 crash
Sochi, April 28th 2016.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Sochi Autodrom, which will host the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver is not angry at the track for last year's crash -the biggest one of his career- and indeed he has a good feeling about this week-end. His mind is clear: to give everything on track and be in the points.
Carlos has a bittersweet memory about Russia, but contrary to what could seem is not because of the spectacular 2015 collision but for the mechanical failure that forced him to retire when he was running seventh. Carlos had been taken to hospital; he later asked doctors to let him go so he could start the race from last and with only eight laps to go his brakes failed. Unrewarded suffering.
The Spaniard driver uses that remembrance as a source of strength to prepare the fourth Grand Prix of the season. He arrives after scoring points in two races and having an unfortunate retirement in Bahrain. For Russia he expects a less chaotic race strategy-wise, as tyre-wear is less critical in Sochi than in other scenarios.
These were Carlos first words when arriving at the paddock.
"Everyone may call me crazy, but I've got no feelings about the crash. What I really want is to recover from last year’s race. I did one of my best races, but my brakes broke apart! Even though I had that crash and I couldn't drive in Qualifying, almost didn't in Free Practice and the brake issue I had later on the race, it was a good weekend. Sensations are good and I've got a good feeling for this week-end".
Strategy will be less important than in China. "I am sure everyone will try to do a single stop, as last year it was easily possible, but this year we've encountered more tyre-wear in each Grand Prix so it may not be that easy. It's cold, but track temperature is as it was in 2015 and that's what counts. It shouldn't really affect tyre-wear".
He also spoke briefly about the last Grand Prix. "I wouldn't do things differently than in China, mainly because we had a race situation that compromised us a bit. We must learn from it and face the Russian race. There will be fewer stops, less degradation. It may not be such a fun race as the last three have been, but we must go for it and try to be in the points, as always", Carlos concluded.