Sep 3, 2017

Difficult weekend at Monza for Carlos Sainz limited by technical weaknesses of his car

The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso finishes fourteenth at the Italian GP

Monza, September 3rd 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished fourteenth in the race of the Italian GP. The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso knew beforehand that the Autodromo Nazionale would not be a friendly scenario, since its long straights do not benefit the strengths of the STR12. It is the first time this season that he finishes a race with no points.

Sunday was a perfect summer day in Monza, with no trace at all of Saturday’s rain. Optimum weather conditions for the 90.000 ‘tifosi’ that came to one of the most iconic circuits in the calendar. Air temperature was 26ºC, while the track was at 35ºC.

Before the Drivers’ Parade, Carlos visited Liberty Media’s pit to meet Kit Harrington and Liam Cunningham, actors of the popular TV-series Game of Thrones. Carlos took photos with them right after they had experienced the thrill of racing in the two-seater of the Formula 1 Experiences.

The Spaniard had a ten-place penalty since his team had to use the fifth MGU-H of the season. Nevertheless, he started the race from the same position he had qualified in (P15) because other drivers had penalties too.

Carlos took the start on supersoft tyres. When the lights went off, he left behind the Saubers of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson to move up to thirteenth. Stoffel Vandoorne passed him in Lap 6, something inevitable due to the better pace of his McLaren.

In Lap 13, Carlos visited the pits for the first and the last time. He completed the 39 remaining laps on a set of soft tyres. It was the second longest run of the day on that compound.

The Spaniard joined eighteenth, but quickly moved up to fourteenth -he was thirteenth for a moment-. The lack of pace of his car prevented him from going any further.

The Italian GP is the first race of the year in which Carlos Sainz sees the chequered flag but scores no points. The 2016 Mexican GP was the last time this happened. He maintains the ninth place in the Drivers’ Championship and expects a step forward in the upcoming races, now that the calendar moves on to friendlier tracks for the STR12.

After jumping out of the car, Carlos recognized that Monza was not an easy place for his car.

"Before we arrived here, we knew this would be a difficult weekend. We were not wrong. We didn’t have the pace all weekend long. We were quick on the straights thanks to the low-downforce, but then the others were much quicker in the corners. More than expected".

Now the driver focuses in the next few rounds, which should be better for the characteristics of the STR12z "I hope we do a little better in Singapore. Teams like Force India or Williams may be easier to beat. On the other hand, teams like Renault or McLaren might be a quicker than us. It will be the time to score points again. This was not possible here. I tried it all this weekend, but we didn’t have the pace", he said.

The World Championship says farewell to Europe as it embarks on its decisive and transoceanic leg. Seven races remain. The next one will be in Singapore, on September 17th. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.