Carlos Sainz Jr: “It’s a very enjoyable layout to drive”


After a promising set of practice results and a good qualifying session at Silverstone, the British Grand Prix ultimately ended in a retirement for Carlos Sainz Jr and his Scuderia Toro Rosso team.

The Spaniard will be looking to make amends this weekend when Formula 1 arrives at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Sainz looking forward to the challenge of the circuit, a track he has had strong results on in the past, including two top-six finishes in his championship-winning Formula Renault 3.5 Series season in 2014.

“I enjoy racing at the Hungaroring,” insists Sainz. “It’s a circuit that I know pretty well as I’ve raced there many times in the junior categories, finishing on the podium a few times.

“It’s definitely one of the historic European tracks that everyone loves going to! I think it could also be a circuit that suits the Toro Rosso car well, so I’m looking forward to the weekend.

“The very high air and track temperatures also mean it could be a challenge physically, so I’ve been training ha​rd in warm conditions. It’s a very enjoyable layout to drive and its narrow and twisty nature means there’s little time to relax on a lap because there are no real straights.”