Aug 13, 2020

Carlos Sainz, in the Spanish GP: “We want to reverse the trend”

Spanish GP – 14th-16th August 2020

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4,655 metres long, 16 corners, in the calendar since 1991)


  • The Spanish GP is Carlos Sainz’s home race. It is one of the most special ones on the calendar and the place where he will try to reverse the trend of the previous Grand Prixes.
  • Carlos has set-up a dedicated grandstand for his fans at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for a number of years now. This year it won’t be happening because the race will be held behind closed doors.
  • The McLaren driver has finished in the points in his five previous appearances at the Spanish GP. Among his finest performances, the highlights are a P5 in the Qualifying session of the 2015 event and a P6 finish in the 2016 race.
  • Carlos will be racing with a brand-new helmet design to show his support to the people affected by the consequences of the pandemic and those who fight each day to overcome it.

"This weekend I race on home soil. The Spanish GP won’t be as special without the support of the fans, but I am looking forward to offering them a good race. My confidance hasn’t been affected by the latest misfortunes we have had in the past few races. We’ve lost a lot of points, but we are working very hard as a team to reverse that trend. It is going to be hot and windy in Barcelona, so it is likely that we see two stops in the race because the track is very harsh on tyres. It is important to get it right with the set-up of the MCL35, because we know that the slow corners of the third sector are not its strongest point".

Friday, 14th August 2020
Free Practice 1 – 11:00 local time (11:00 CEST)
Free Practice 2 – 15:00 local time (15:00 CEST)