The Spaniard gets to know the facilities where his power-unit is born
Viry-Châtillon, February 22nd 2018.- Carlos Sainz visited on Thursday Renault Sport F1 Team’s factory at Viry-Châtillon, France, where the company develops the power-units for its Formula 1 cars.
Carlos’ visit happened just two days after the launch of the brand-new R.S.18, the car he will be using in his fourth year in the series, the first full-season as a works driver for the French team.
Carlos walked the facilities where his engines are born and thanked the engineers there for their effort. The Viry-Châtillon factory has seen the birth of iconic engines such as the Renault-Gordini EF1, the first turbo-engine in Formula 1 history, or those that the team used to claim up to 11 Drivers’ Championships and 12 Constructors’.
The tour finished with an autograph session, where team-members seized the opportunity to take photos with Renault Sport F1 Team’s official driver.
“I have been to Enstone a lot of time since my arrival to Renault Sport F1, but I was really looking forward to visiting Viry. I had heard great things about the place and I wanted to get to know it. I’ve seen its departments, I’ve greeted people… I signed many autographs and took photos with the people there. It’s enjoying because you can see how driven they are. They are really looking forward to the start of the season. You can see them with more confidence than last year, and that produces a positive aura around the whole team. I can’t wait for the Barcelona testing. I really want to test both the car and the engine”, Carlos said.
The Renault R.S.18 and its Energy F1 2018 power-unit will cover their first miles on February 26th at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home to the Formula 1 pre-season testing.