Carlos Sainz Jr: “I always look forward to racing at the Red Bull Ring”


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Carlos Sainz Jr is looking forward to racing at the Red Bull Ring for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver had a disappointing European Grand Prix last time out after having to retire after a suspension issue arose on his STR11, with a similar issue also ending team-mate Daniil Kvyat‘s Grand Prix. Sainz was battling for a top ten finish at the Baku City Circuit but left the track at Turn 1 to head into his second retirement of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Putting his disappointing European Grand Prix behind him, the Spaniard is looking forward to his second ‘home’ Grand Prix in Spielberg.

“I always look forward to racing at the Red Bull Ring, it’s a track I enjoy,” said Sainz. “Turn 1 is a medium-speed fourth-gear corner and it’s important to get a good exit out of here.

“Turn 2 is uphill and you can enjoy very good views of the Austrian mountains from up here! You then get to Turn 3, where it’s easy to frontlock the tyres but is also a good overtaking point. The section between Turns 4 and 7 is all downhill and includes the only two left-hand corners of the track.

“You then arrive to Turn 8, also downhill and therefore easy to make a mistake. The entry to pits is tricky here. The ninth and final turn has a massive bump mid-corner, so it’s crucial to avoid it to gain lap-time. The track has been fully resurfaced this year, so we will need to reset our references.

“I’d call it our second home Grand Prix because this is Red Bull’s land! Straight after that we’re off to Silverstone, my favourite track on the calendar!”