Carlos Sainz Jnr: “Our car should be strong here”


NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo on track during F1 testing at Silverstone Circuit on July 12, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images). Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jnr is looking forward to a strong weekend for the Faenza based squad in Hungary, at a track the Spaniard believes should suit the STR11.

The 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 champion has always enjoyed driving round the Hungaroring, with its varying speed corners and chicanes, which make it interesting to navigate.

“I enjoy racing in Hungary. Just like they did in Austria this year, the circuit in Budapest has also been resurfaced, so all our references will have to be reset.

“You arrive at Turn 1 at high speed, so you need to brake hard – from 300 to 80kph in about 80 metres. You then get to Turn 2, where you always experience some understeer, which makes it difficult to turn the car into the corner.

“Turn 3 should be flat in qualifying and Turn 4 is a very high-speed completely blind corner taken in 6th gear. Turns 6 and 7 form a very slow chicane, followed by a medium-speed and then a high-speed one. So this is a section formed by three chicanes that progressively get quicker and our car should be good here.

“The last three corners of the circuit are difficult, all in third gear. The second sector is the most interesting and enjoyable one to drive. I also think that our car should be strong here, so I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Last year Sainz Jnr did not finish the race, after experiencing a technical default issue that resulted in a loss of boost pressure and forced him to pull over. Then team-mate Max Verstappen however, bagged an excellent fourth place, and the Spaniard will be hoping to replicate that sort of result at the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.