The chance of rain offers him a chance to learn and improvise throughout the weekend
Shanghai, April 6th 2017.- Carlos Sainz has made himself at home at the Shanghai International Circuit, home this weekend to the Chinese Grand Prix of Formula 1. This round has been part of the calendar since 2014 and it is held in a state-of-the-art track placed in the metropolitan area of the capital. The Spaniard is willing to keep up with the good performance he offered two weeks ago in Australia, where he began the new season with a solid eighth place.
Carlos has raced in China twice. In 2015 he was thirteenth. In 2016, he was ninth. In Melbourne, he scored his best-ever beginning of a season and now he is confident that he can fight for a result which puts the Scuderia Toro Rosso closer to the fifth spot of the Constructors’ Championship. In this effort, the Spaniard will have at hand the medium, the soft and the supersoft Pirelli tyres.
Carlos arrived to Asia at the beginning of the week to get rid of jet-lag in time for competition. This Thursday he attended his usual engineering meetings, but he also had time to talk to the press. He was invited to participate in the FIA Press Conference.
"I am really looking forward to the weekend and to testing this new car in such an interesting circuit, which is maybe more similar to Barcelona than Australia. We’ll see how we do. I am impatient to find out. The weather is also uncertain, it looks unstable for the whole weekend. Whatever happens, it is still a circuit that I like", Carlos said just before explaining why. "It is one of those new circuits with different types of corners. There are some, like Abu Dhabi, which are full of 90-degrees turns. But in China you have long turns, changes of direction… It is one of the best designed new tracks and I am grateful for that!".
He thinks this round will be more difficult for Toro Rosso from a strategy point of view than Australia. "I think it will be a bit tougher here. Power is more relevant and teams like Force India, Williams or Ferrari have an engine that is slightly better than ours. But lots of things can happen during a race. There may be doubts over if it’s better to follow a one stop or two stop strategy, whereas Australia it was only one. It is very open and that can be positive", he remarked.
The chance of intermittent rain throughout the weekend adds something special to the Grand Prix. "I think last year we did some wet mileage during Free Practice 3, so we have a bit of experience on that… But not with the new car and these new tyres. It will be something totally new. We’ll make the most out of the rain and try to learn a lot and improve", Carlos explained.
Free Practice for the Chinese GP will commence tomorrow at 04:00 Spanish time -10:00 local time in Shanghai-. As usual, we will follow it closely from www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.