He gets to Suzuka seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 66 points
Suzuka, October 10th 2019.- Carlos Sainz heads this weekend to the Japanese Grand Prix, the seventeenth round of the Formula 1 season. The event is set to be held at the Suzuka Circuit, renowned for its history, its beauty and its passionate fans.
Japan held its maiden race in 1976, even though Suzuka didn’t make its debut in the calendar until 1987. The track is 60 kilometres away from Nagoya and has celebrated 30 Grand Prixes over time, some of them memorable for playing a decisive role in the World Championship.
Carlos gets to Japan after a brilliant sixth place at the recent Russian GP, where he also secured the fifth spot of the Starting Grid. The Spanish is currently seventh in the Drivers’ Championship, three points shy from the sixth. McLaren is fourth in the Constructors’ standings with 33 points over its nearest competitor.
The compounds available for the weekend are the C1, the C2 and the C3, the hardest line-up available in the Pirelli range because of the massive lateral loads that are put on the tyres. Carlos will have one set of the hard compound, three of the medium one and nine of the soft.
"I am glad to have scored good points in Russia. I think the whole team deserved it. Although we managed to extend our lead in the midfield battle, the competitions remains tight and I know that I need to keep pushing all the way to the end of the season. I want more, and that is the mentality we need to keep the whole year".
"We get to Suzuka feeling confident, because we see that hard work pays off. It would be nice to score points again in Japan. This is an old-school track. It has a good sequence of corners that penalises your mistakes. You can find yourself in the gravel trap if you get distracted. We the drivers like this kind of circuits. Hopefully we will see more of this kind in the future. The fans of Suzuka are also unique, they are among the most passionate and fun in the world".