The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso travels to one of his favorite tracks after a great race in Austria
Madrid, July 7th 2016.- With no time to rest nor catch their breath, Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Toro Rosso both leave the Austrian Alps as they flight straight to the heart of the United Kingdom, to Silverstone, home this weekend to the British Grand Prix of Formula 1.
Carlos arrives at the tenth round of the calendar feeling strong after his fightback at the Red Bull Ring, where he recovered seven places and stood up again after an issue in pits thanks to many overtaking maneuvers on track. He finished eighth and in consequence he made it to the points for the sixth time this year. Today, he has already scored more points than in his whole debut season.
Silverstone is a highlight on the calendar. The Home of British Motorsport is famous for its medium and high speed turns, where downforce is even more important than power. That means this should be a friendlier ground for the Toro Rosso STR11 in comparison to previous events, as the Faenza-based team suffers from the lack of Top Speed of its 2015-spec Ferrari engine. Last year, Carlos was eighth on the grid but had to retire in the race after suffering a technical issue when he was in the points.
Pirelli will offer the hard, the medium and the soft compounds for this event, a combination only used before in the Spanish Grand Prix. Both Carlos and his teammate Daniil Kvyat will have the exact same tyre allocation: two sets of the orange-marked tyres -hard-, three of the white one -medium- and eight of the yellow option -soft-, a choice that clearly leans towards the tyres that work at their best at warmer temperatures.
These are Carlos' words ahead of the event.
"Silverstone is one of my favorite circuits. It's an old school track and it has some of the most fun and famous turns in the world. I think you only realize the potential of a F1 car when you are behind the wheel through Copse, Maggotts and Becketts, something I remember well because it was there that three years ago I did my debut with Toro Rosso".
"The team is in good shape and good spirits, because Austria was like an obstacle race for us but we still managed to recover twice and score more points for the Championship. I hope this weekend will be smoother, it is important to keep reliability under control and to work together to minimize our errors. That way we'll be able to really focus on our performance and fight for points, which as always are our ultimate goal".
The British Grand Prix will commence this Friday, July 8th. Free Practice 1 will start at 10:00 local time, 11:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.