The Spaniard sets his target on Q3 as he faces not-quite power demanding circuit
Mogyoród, July 27th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Hungaroring circuit, home to the Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula 1, the last event on the calendar before the mandatory summer shutdown. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso faces the weekend with great motivation, willing to leave behind the unlucky circumstances that compromised his performance at the last two events, with a retirement due to reliability reasons (Austria) and another one due to a crash (Great Britain).
The World Championship has now crossed its halfway point. Carlos is ninth in the Drivers' standings with 29 points. He is the first Toro Rosso -his teammate has 4 points so far- and is the third classified in the midfield battle, just behind the two Force Indias. In the Constructors', these good results help Toro Rosso to claim the sixth place, just 8 points short from the result the goal that was set at the beginning of the season.
The Hungaroring is the slowest permanent circuit on the calendar. Its corners and short straights produce an unusual layout that is similar to Montecarlo's. In 2015, Carlos qualified twelfth but suffered a power-loss in Lap 60, forcing him to retire when he was fighting for points. Last year brings better memories to him. The Spaniard made his way to Q3 and, after an unexpected shower, managed to get the most out of his Toro Rosso and clinch an impressive P6. In a dry race it was almost impossible to defend that position, but he still managed to finish eighth and score four important points.
As in every event, Carlos has spent the Thursday in company of his engineers as they prepare the last details before the Grand Prix. He also visited the fans at the main-straight during the signing session, which demonstrated once again how enthusiastic the Budapest fans are about Formula 1.
Talking to the press, Carlos' first words were about motorcycle multichampion Ángel Nieto. "For Ángel Nieto, I can only extend my most sincere message of support and strenght to him and his family, who will be going through a tough time. We must have faith in his recovery and hope for his comeback", he said.
About the upcoming weekend, Carlos is realistic to try an avoid false expectations. "Our goal is to make it to Q3. It will be very difficult to repeat the P6 we did in Monaco, because the Hungaroring is not really Monaco. But we can work and try to get into Q3, as we surprisingly did in Austria. I hope that happens again".
"The chassis is more important here than in other places. It's a thing of statistics. In Silverstone, you go flat-out the 80% of the lap. Here, you only go flat-out the 65% or 70% of the time. So you lose 15% less time. If your car performs well and you put a good lap together, you have better chances. Despite everything, in this sport everything can be explained quite easily", he said.
The Spaniard also expressed his views on the halo. "I don't like the halo, but I think it's necessary. Safety mesures have been introduced along the years, and sometimes people didn't like them or didn't feel comfortable with them, like what happened with the HANS. But we got used to them. If we can save lifes, why wouldn't we do that? Visually, I preffered other solutions but I am sure that the FIA has done a lot of research and that they chose the halo because of the results, because they saw it was the most effective system for the short-term", he concluded.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will begin tomorrow Firday at 10:00 Spanish time with the first Free Practice session, followed-up by the second session at 14:00. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter handle @carlosainzinfo.