Carlos Sainz Jr: “I am really looking forward to racing here”


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Carlos Sainz Jr is excited to be returning to one of his favourite tracks this weekend for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver finished the German Grand Prix in fourteenth, ahead of team-mate Daniil Kvyat. Even with the good start and where he managed to get up to eleventh, a comeback wasn’t possible after losing time in his first pit stop.

The 2016 Formula 1 season resumes in Belgian this weekend, with all the different aspects of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Sainz is excited for the return. He believes it will be an unique race weekend.

“Spa-Francorchamps is, together with Silverstone, my favourite track,” said Sainz. “I’d describe it as the best track in the world!

“Turn 1, the La Source hairpin, is a good overtaking spot. Turn 2 is the famous Eau Rouge, which is flat out, even though you always doubt if to do so during your first lap in FP1… It’s probably the best corner in the world, it’s amazing! We then get to Les Combes, another good place for overtaking and Turns 5 and 6 form a fast chicane which is taken in fourth gear – it’s nice and flowing.

“Turn 8 is a very long corner and then we arrive to another of my favourite corners, Turn 10, which I’d say is as nice as Eau Rouge. Turns 12 and 13 create another fast chicane and the key to Turn 14 is to get a good exit. It’s then all flat out from Turn 15 until the last chicane, where you can also try and overtake the car in front. I am really looking forward to racing here, it’s a unique race weekend!”