May 26, 2018

Carlos Sainz secures well-deserved eighth place for Monaco Starting Grid

  • Carlos is the first Renault and will start from the fourth row of the grid (1:12.130), he was only 7 hundreds of a second away from the sixth place.
  • He tweaked the set-up of his R.S.18 in the opening part of Qualifying to maintain himself within the Top 10.
  • Strategy will play a crucial role in a race where overtaking is extremely difficult.


"I am happy. Monaco is a good place to put together such a blistering Qualifying as today’s. Our rivals challenged us from the very Q1, but we did some small adjustments in the car and took that decisive step forward to put ourselves in the Top 10".

It was a work in progress. "I had a good lap in Q2 and then a very good lap in Q3. It all went well, although warming-up the tyre wasn’t an easy task. Monaco is a good place to lay your cards on the table. Now I am going to enjoy it, but without losing sight of tomorrow’s race. There is still a lot of work to be done".

Commenting on the improvements of his R.S.18, he said: "Monaco is a very special track, but I knew that it was only a matter of time. We are doing a good job to optimize our feeling with the car and there’s still more to come".

Carlos was cautiously optimistic ahead of Sunday’s event. "I imagine that we will all be a bit prudent at the start, but afterwards many things can happen strategy-wise. Making a one-stop strategy work won’t be easy. There will be undercuts, overcuts… I think it’s going to be quite fun", he said.

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