Jan 21, 2016

Carlos Sainz wants to take a step forward in 2016

He keeps the positives from 2015 and believes problems will be solved this year

2015 season is already history for Carlos Sainz, who is already working hard for his second year in Formula 1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Last season, technical problems on his STR10 caused him seven retirements in 19 races and in consequence, it became clear that his 18 points at the end of the year could have been even greater.

Carlos has shown his confidence on the support received from Toro Rosso and Red Bull. They are aware of the true value of his rookie performances and he is looking forward to the immediate future to start in the best way 2016 pre-season at Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit next February 22nd.

"It's not nice to see you don't have all the points you deserve. But in the end, Red Bull and Toro Rosso know all the points I could have got, they have done the calculation. I think more than one would be surprised to see the amount of points I could have in my bag without those reliability issues", he explained to Autosport.

"From the calculations I have seen, I could have been a lot higher up, but you never know. In the end, you have to take it. This is sport, sometimes you don't depend just on yourself. Hopefully in 2016 all this will be solved and we will be able to fight properly".

The learning path for Carlos in 2015 was important for him and he admits that several times he has learned by observing his fellow countryman Fernando Alonso, who had a far more difficult season.

"It's interesting to see, to observe, to learn. Last year was all about learning", he told.

Alonso is Carlos' childhood idol, and he has become again a referent for him, seeing how he has faced all the problems experienced in McLaren through the year, something that the driver from Madrid is trying to apply to himself.

"Fernando is a very good role model. He has no need to give me advise, but he still tells me ‘maybe try this or think about doing that'. Just by speaking to him in the drivers parade or around the paddock, I can learn from him. It's been a bit like a mirror where I can see myself".