Apr 5, 2018

Carlos Sainz, optimistic ahead of the Bahrain GP: "We can have a good weekend"

The Spaniard wishes to carry on the momentum he had in the Australian GP

Sakhir, 5h April 2018.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Bahrain International Circuit, home to the second Grand Prix of the 2018 Formula 1 season. The Spaniard of Renault Sport Formula One Team faces the Sakhir round with good expectations after clinching a well-deserved tenth place in Australia.

Bahrain is a demanding track as temperatures go down during the key sessions of the weekend, which are the Qualifying one and the Race itself, both held in night-time. Overtaking is more feasible than in the Albert Park and tyre-wear is also more severe.

With all that in mind, Carlos faces the second round of the calendar feeling optimistic. "I'm really looking forward to racing here in Bahrain, because it is an interesting race for Formula 1. It is the first permanent track of the year, we may have to stop twice, there are overtakings, long straights... I really like this track!", he said.

"I feel confident. I think Australia was a good starting point. We had a lot of potential and I felt confident throughout the weekend, from Free Practice 1 to Qualifying. We struggled a bit in the race, but we have learned from it and I think that we can have a good weekend here if I feel as confident as I did in Melbourne".

Carlos analyzes the key points of the weekend. "We will have to set-up the car properly in the two night sessions we have, which are Free Practice 2 and Qualifying. We will study the tyre wear, which may be greater than in any other track", he concluded.

Tyres available for the weekend will be the medium, soft and supersoft. Carlos will have two sets of the white compound, three from the yellow one and eight from the red one, which should be the preferred option both for Qualifying and the starting phase of the race.

The Bahrain GP will begin on Friday with Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2, which will be held at 14:00 and 18:00 local time, 13:00 and 17:00 Spanish time. As always, you will be able to follow Carlos via his official social media channels and his webpage, www.carlossainz.es.