The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso expects a similar pace to Malaysia
Suzuka, October 5th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Suzuka Circuit ready to compete in one of the races with the most brilliant heritage in the Formula 1 calendar: the Japanese Grand Prix. The Spaniard will aim for points, but he is well-aware that this may not be the ideal track for his Toro Rosso STR12.
Suzuka is a highlight in the racing season. Opened in 1962 and owned by Honda, it has been the home to the Japanese GP since the 1987 season –with the exceptions of 2007 and 2008, when the race was held in Fuji-.
Weather forecasts suggest a wet weekend at the land of the rising sun, special y on Friday and Saturday.
This will be Carlos’ third appearance in Suzuka. He finished tenth in 2015 and scored a point after overcoming a troubled pit-stop. In 2016, he finished off the points, compromised by the lack of Top Speed of his 2015-spec power-unit.
This year, Carlos wants to get-up and recover from his recent retirement at the Malaysian GP, where he couldn’t finish the race due to a technical failure. He was racing in seventh place when reliability struck. The Spaniard has scored points at each and every race that he has finished this year, with the exception of the Italian event.
Pirelli has brought the Medium, Soft and Supersoft tyres for this Grand Prix. Carlos will have one set of the white compound at his disposal, three of the yellow compound and nine of the red one, which is expected to be the main option both for Qualifying and the race itself.
On Thursday, Carlos greeted the enthusiastic Japanese fans and received numerous presents of all kinds. He also worked together with his engineers to prepare the upcoming race weekend. Last but not least, he also attended the members of the press.
"Japan is always special. It is one of my favourite races, indeed. It is far from Europe. You may be lacking some energy after Malaysia, but you get it back immediately when you see the crowd in Japan. People here are very kind".
Sporting-wise, he remains cautious.
"We expect a similar pace to Malaysia. We struggled there on Saturday, but we had our chances on Sunday. I will work hard to prepare well for the race. It will be more difficult if it rains tomorrow and Saturday, as some forecasts are suggesting, but it will be the same for everybody".
Carlos commented his retirement in Malaysia.
"It was a problem with the MGU-H. We weren’t expecting that because the element was fairly new. It could compromise the last part of the calendar, penalty-wise, but we will take a look carefully".
The Japanese GP will begin on Friday with the first two Free Practice sessions, which will commence at 10:00 and 14:00 local time -03:00 and 07:00 Spanish time-. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.