A Grand Prix by the Black Sea
Sochi, September 26th 2019.- With no time to rest after Singapore, Carlos Sainz looks ahead this weekend to the sixteenth round of the 2019 Formula 1 season, the Russian Grand Prix, which is set to take place at the Sochi Autodrom by the Black Sea.
The Russian race is a unique venue, since its track is built around the facilities that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. The circuit held its maiden event that very same season.
This is Carlos’ fourth time in Sochi, where his best result to this day is a tenth place back in the race of 2017. Saturday-wise, his best Qualifying performance is an eleventh place, which he repeated both in 2016 and 2017.
The Spaniard is seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 16 points over his nearest competitor. McLaren is fourth in the Constructors’ standings with 22 points over the fifth.
The tyres available for the weekend are the C2, the C3 and the C4, which will be identified as the hard, the medium and the soft compounds respectively. Carlos will have two sets of the hardest option, two of the intermediate one and nine of the fastest.
"The three first races after the summer break have not gone our way but I’m fully confident we can turn this around. The car is performing well and the whole team is focused. There is no reason why we shouldn't keep pushing forward and luckily the next grand prix is just around the corner. The Sochi circuit is an interesting challenge with plenty of slow-speed 90-degree corners, similar to Singapore, but there are also more unique corners like the long left-hander from Turn Three to Five".
"We are always cautious, but Sochi shouldn’t be bad for our car. We received some upgrades in Singapore and we could see that they are a step forward. Since the corners of Russia are faster, we still don’t know how our updates will work, even though I hope everything goes well. We know that some of our rivals will take grid penalties, so we have an opportunity to get a good grid slot to fight for the best result possible".