Mar 14, 2016

Carlos Sainz: “Preparing for this race again definitely puts a smile on my face”

Driver’s view ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

The moment of truth is upon us. Pre-season is now history and now Carlos Sainz faces the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of his second year in Formula 1. The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver travelled to Melbourne on March 11th to adjust himself to the time zone difference –10 hours ahead of CET time– and ultimate his physical preparation in situ near Albert Park, which will become motorsport’s epicenter from Friday to Sunday.

Winter was productive both for Toro Rosso and Carlos. Mercedes aside, they were the team that completed the most mileage in Barcelona. The STR11 has proven to be a reliable car and that inspires confidence within the Italian squad. Its real performance is still a mystery that will not be revealed until lights go off this weekend, but Carlos faces this countdown with a smile on his face because he is where on 2015 he scored his first points in the series.

These are Carlos’ thoughts ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

"I have very good memories from Australia, probable some of the best of 2015, as I ended up P8 in my first ever F1 qualifying session and then went on to score points in my debut race. Preparing for this race again definitely puts a smile on my face! I discovered this track for the first time last year and I can really say I really enjoyed it. I remember that Turn 1 is quite bumpy and it's therefore easy to lock the front wheels. The second DRS zone is a tricky one, as we open it just as we exit Turn 2. What we need to be careful with is the entry of Turn 6, as it's quite easy to put a tyre on the grass! I also recall having to get very close to the wall at Turns 9 and 10, and this gives you lap time, and it reminds me a bit of Monaco. My favourite part of the track, and also the fastest, are Turns 11 and 12, driven in sixth gear. The last sector includes another nice combination of corners that I enjoy very much, even though the final two turns are the trickiest, especially Turn 16, where you're fighting with the steering wheel to get a good exit. I definitely had good fun out there last year and I hope to say the same this time!".