Nov 10, 2016

Carlos Sainz, ready for the Brazil GP: "I love Interlagos, other circuits should learn"

The Spaniard is focused ahead of the penultimate round of the season

Sao Paulo, November 10th 2016.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at Brazil to face the ever-demanding Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace Interlagos, a very technical track where weather conditions always play an important role. With Mercedes in the spotlight due to the fight for the World Drivers' Championship, the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso is ready for the penultimate race of the year and feels well and eager to recover from the disappointment of the Mexican GP, where he finished sixteenth, to fight once again for the points. With his phenomenal P6 of Austin still in mind, he's determined to give his best from the very beginning.

It's been two weeks since the last race, but Carlos hasn't had a chance to rest. This Thursday he was named ambassador of the Avanza ONG, a Spanish organization that will initiate a campaign to raise money to help people in need this Christmas either both with food and presents.

This Wednesday, already in Brazil, Carlos visited the Corinthians' football stadium in Sao Paulo in an event organized by sponsor Estrella Galicia 0,0. The driver gave a signed helmet of his to the Institute Ayrton Senna. He received a football shirt signed by the team and a tour around the facilities. In the home of Ayrton's favorite team, Carlos expressed his admiration for the legend.

"It's an honor for me to give this helmet to the Institute Ayrton Senna. I always enjoy videos about the history of Formula 1 and for me Ayrton was the best driver ever. Back at home we have a picture of him and my father at the 1990 FIA gala, where they both received their world champion trophies".

Today, Carlos went to Interlagos to prepare the weekend together with his engineers. Last year, after achieving a solid P10 in Qualifying, the Spaniard retired in Lap 1 after suffering an electrical glitch in his car. The problem appeared as he left the pits to go to the Starting Grid. His Toro Rosso STR10 stopped all of a sudden, but his team managed to get his engine back running. He took the start from the Pit-Lane but retired shortly after.

For the Brazilian race, Pirelli has brought the hard, the medium and the soft compounds. Toro Rosso has chosen the very same tyre allocation for Carlos and teammate Daniil Kvyat: one set of hards, four softs and eight supersofts.

These were Carlos thoughts as he met the press at the Interlagos circuit.

"I'm really looking forward to this race, because last year it was a bittersweet one. All sorts of things happened to us. This means I have 70 laps less than my rivals, but I hope to recover from that last year and to learn what I couldn't learn in 2015".

"In Interlagos you need a track that behaves well around the second sector. It's hard on the tyres, especially on the rear-end. It's hard to find the optimum balance for the three sectors as all corners are different, but that will be our priority tomorrow. It's a very complicated circuit, but I like it. Other circuits should learn".

Free Practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix will commence tomorrow at 10:00, 13:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.