The Spaniard is back at it again after an intense summer break
Spa-Francorchamps, August 23rd 2018.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, home to the always iconic Belgian Grand Prix, the first round of the 2018 World Championship since the summer break.
The Ardennes are home to one of the highlights of the racing season and one of Carlos Sainz’s favorite race-tracks in the world. At 7.004 metres long, Spa-Francorchamps is the longest track in the calendar. It holds unparalleled corners such as the ever-famous Eau Rouge, Pouhon or Blanchimont.
For the Renault Sport Formula One Team, the Belgian race is the first of nine crucial races in the fight to achieve the fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship. The team will bring a brand new floor to the track in its willingness to optimize the R.S.18.
Tyres available for the weekend are the medium, the soft and the supersoft. Carlos will have two units of the white option, three of the yellow and eight of the red one.
Carlos received an invitation to take part today in the FIA Press Conference, where members of the media asked were interested in his future after the recent news that he will be joining McLaren from 2019.
Talking about the Belgian GP, he is confident that the upgrades of the R.S.18 will contribute to its performance. “What happened during the summer won’t affect the rest of the season. I am really looking forward to these races, looking forward to doing my best both for the team and for myself. I hope we take another small step forward in Spa, it would be what we need to secure that edge on the fourth place of the Championship. We have a small edge and we are a team with resources. We will be bringing small upgrades until the end of the season”.
Carlos also explained how his signing with McLaren unfolded. “I wasn’t worried when Daniel Ricciardo announced that he would be driving for Renault, because I know that I had other options available. I had to wait for Red Bull and take my own decision. McLaren was interested in me and it was a mutual interest. It will be a new chapter in my career and my first two-year contract in Formula 1”.