Oct 26, 2017

Carlos Sainz, ready for the Mexico GP: “I’m looking forward to it”

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, a challenging track that the Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team likes

Ciudad de Mexico, October 26th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has landed in Mexico ready to compete in the antepenultimate race of the 2017 Formula 1 season. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will host this weekend the Mexico Grand Prix, which will be Carlos’ second race as an official race-driver of Renault Sport F1 Team.

Carlos faces this challenge with a greater degree of understanding of his new car after the remarkable performance he put four days ago in the Circuit of the Americas, where he enjoyed an exciting race-debut with Renault. In his maiden-event with the RS17, he achieved the seventh spot of the Starting Grid and finished seventh in Sunday’s race. In Mexico, the goal is to keep on improving and getting to know better his new team.

According to the last weather forecasts, Mexico GP will be held in sunny conditions. Clouds are expected for Saturday and Sunday, but with no real risk of rain. Pirelli will bring the soft, the supersoft and the ultrasoft compounds. Carlos will have a set of the yellow compound, two of the red one and then of the purple option.

On Thursday, Carlos walked the track together with his engineers as they prepare for tomorrow. He also attended the journalists.
I am really looking forward to the Mexico GP, as always. We come here directly from another race in America, so we are used to the jet-lag by now. We have to adapt to the altitude of Mexico and the different track. I'm going to work very hard to help Renault to score points. The Mexican crowd is one of the most special of the whole year and the race is always special”, he said.

The keys for this weekend are to have a good balance in the car and to feel confident. The track is very slippery and downforce levels are very low. It’s very easy to make a mistake in Qualifying or in the race, but I really like this circuit and I’ve been fast here in the past”, Carlos added.

Although last weekend was very good for Carlos, he knows he will be starting from scratch in Mexico. “For me it is very important to hear what the team has to say, and it is important to know they are happy after the work we did in Mexico. I want to keep myself at this level. It makes me really happy to see that drivers like Alain Prost have congratulated me for my race in Austin. I want to stay prudent and try to make my job as good as I can”, he concluded.

The Mexico GP will begin tomorrow Friday with the first two practice sessions, which will be held at 10:00 and 14:00 local time (17:00 and 21:00 Spanish time). As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.