May 22, 2019

Carlos Sainz: "In Monaco it’s all about your confidence in the car"

He has scored points in all his previous appearences since his F1 debut

Monte-Carlo, May 22th 2019.- Carlos Sainz is set to take part this weekend in the sixth round of the 2019 Formula 1 season, one of the most prestigious and special ones in the calendar: the Monaco Grand Prix. The Spaniard of McLaren has scored points and made it to Q3 in each and every appearance at this event and his goal is to extend the streak.

The street circuit of Monte-Carlo is world-famous for its narrow straights and close walls. The slightest mistake can result into a crash. At 3,337 metres long, it is the shortest track in the World Championship. It is also the slowest, with race speeds averaging 150 kilometres per hour.

Monaco is a lucky charm for Carlos, as the Spaniard has always left the Principality with points under his belt, as it happens with the Spanish GP. His best result to date at the Cote d’Azur is a sixth place at the race of the 2017 season.

Tyres available for the weekend are the C3, the C4 and the C5, which will be identified as the hard, the medium and the soft compound respectively. This means Pirelli has selected the most extreme tyre choice available in its range. Carlos will have one set of the hard option, two of the medium and ten of the softest one.

QUOTES:

"As a track, Monaco is always a standalone. It is a very fun race, but also very demanding for the driver. You never get a chance to rest, you always have to stay focused. It is one of the Grand Prixes that I like the most, but here at this track you depend a lot of your confidence in the car. You can gain a few extra tenths if you have that confidence, that is why this track is so special".

"In Monte-Carlo, Q3 is really important. There are always changes from track to track, so we don’t really know how we will perform. Overtaking is really difficult, because nowadays cars are very wide. We must wait until Thursday in order to have a first picture of our situation, because sometimes a car that doesn’t perform well in the final sector of Barcelona can suddenly gain grip in Monte-Carlo, and that always gives you a boost of confidence. Monaco is a standalone, also in this aspect".

The Monaco Grand Prix will kick-off tomorrow Thursday with the two opening Free Practice sessions, which will start at 11:00 and 15:00 CEST respectively. Friday will be rest day, but the cars will return to the track on Saturday for the Qualifying and then on Sunday for the most glamorous race in the calendar. As always, you will be able to keep an eye on Carlos via his social media handles and his official website, www.carlossainz.es.