The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso is aware that Monza is not the best track for the STR12
Monza, 31st 2017.- Carlos Sainz has arrived at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, home to the last event of the European leg of the 2017 Formula 1 Championship: The Italian Grand Prix. Carlos arrives at Toro Rosso’s home race aware of the fact that the circuit is not ideal for his STR12, but he is still willing to try and extend his strike of good results. He has scored points in every race he has finished this year.
Monza is one of the most iconic race-tracks in the world. Built in 1922, it is the second oldest circuit in Europe and the third in the entire planet. It has held 86 editions of the Italian GP, 67 of them valid for the Formula 1 World Championship. Together with Great Britain, it is the only event that has been in the calendar non-stop since the 1950 season.
Weather forecasts predict a sunny weekend in the outskirts of Milano, although rain is feasible for tomorrow Friday. The risk decreases on Saturday and is non-existent for Sunday.
Temperatures near 25ºC are expected for the race.
Carlos is ninth in the Drivers’ Championship upon his arrival to Italy. He has 36 points, 6 more than last year at this stage of the year. He has scored points in every race he has finished, including the last Belgian GP.
The Spaniard knows that it will be difficult to score points this weekend. Monza is a super fast-track, with never-ending straights that demand power and Top Speed. But that doesn’t affect his determination.
The young Spaniard, who will turn 23 tomorrow, was invited to take part in the FIA Press Conference.
"We are in a similar situation as in Spa-Francorchamps, maybe even worse. But we must remain positive. Something we’ve learned this year is that we can score points if we have flawless weekends and we give our very best. We know it will be difficult, but we are going for it".
Carlos discussed the lastest weather reports. "We may have rain on Friday. It may be one of those days when you can learn on water, rather than learn for the weekend itself".
Toro Rosso hasn’t stopped the development of the STR12. Another evolution is expected for later in the season.
"We are expecting another update. The team is doing everything it can to compensate the lack of performance seen on the last events. It wouldn’t be fair to compare ourselves to teams like Renault or McLaren, they have a lot more resources, but we have a great team of people, always willing to improve".
"I think we’ve had quite a successful year. We’ve been pushing hard all year to get into the points. When we finish a race, we finish in the points. Hopefully we can keep that statistic going".
The Italian GP will start tomorrow Friday with the two first Free Practice sessions, which will begin at 10:00 and 14:00 local time respectively. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.