Nov 9, 2017

Carlos Sainz, ready for the Brazilian GP

The driver of Renault Sport F1 Team will fight for a Q3-spot and points

Sao Paulo, November 9th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has begun his preparation for the Brazilian Grand Prix, the penultimate round in the calendar of the 2017 Formula 1 season. The driver of Renault Sport F1 Team lands at South-America’s largest country willing to help his team in its pursuit for the fifth spot of the Constructors’ Championship, which is 28 points away at the moment.
The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos, is one of the most iconics race-tracks in the racing season. It enjoys a rich racing history that dates to the 1973 season. The passion and enthusiasm that the Brazilian ‘torcida’ breathe make this one of the highlights of the year.

Carlos has raced twice in Brazil. In 2016, he finished sixth after starting fifteenth after making the most out of the wet conditions to fight back into the points. 

Brazil will be Carlos’ third event as a Renault driver, and he is willing to leave behind the difficult weekend he had in Mexico. Yet again, Q3 and points are the goals in the Spaniard’s mind.
Weather forecasts predict storms for Friday and rain for Saturday, although Qualifying should be dry and Sunday too. Pirelli will bring the medium, the soft and the supersoft compounds.

On Thursday, Carlos worked together with his mechanics and engineers to define tomorrow’s testing program. He also walked the track to see the latest changes that the Interlagos circuit has gone through before attending the media.

"I’m really looking forward to my third race with Renault, especially if it is in a place like Interlagos. Fans create such a unique atmosphere here. I want to carry on the good momentum of the previous weekends".

"This is an old-school track. It is very grippy out there and you go through many elevation changes. My goal will be Q3 and then fighting for points", he said.

"We want to be fifth in the Constructors’ and I think we can achieve it, but we must make the 100% out of our car and our team. These races are a great preparation for 2018, for me. I want to keep on improving. It’s been a very positive experience so far and I’m enjoying it".

Weather-wise, Carlos would mind a wet weekend. "It should rain tomorrow. The risk is not so big for Saturday and Sunday should be dry, but his is Brazil. Things can change fairly quickly. I did three laps on the wet in Austin, but I wouldn’t mind more!"

The Brazil GP will begin tomorrow Friday with the first two Practice sessions, which will start at 10:00 and 14:00 local time; 13:00 and 17:00 Spanish time. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.