Carlos Sainz Jr: “I know that the car is going to run much faster”


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Carlos Sainz Jr is excited for the 2017 Formula 1 season, as with new regulations being introduced, he feels that the sport will be taking a step forward in terms of performance.

Scuderia Toro Rosso had a frustrating 2016 campaign as they were racing with a year-old Ferrari power unit, despite this Sainz was seen to overachieved as he finished the Driver Standings in twelfth with forty-six points, compared to the twenty-five points that Daniil Kvyat scored, twenty-one of which were scored during his four races for Red Bull Racing.

At last year’s Monaco Grand Prix it was confirmed that Toro Rosso would return to using Renault power units for this season, and ahead of pre-season testing the Spaniard believes the STR12 is going to run much faster.

“For us, every year driving the car is an incredible pleasure: the seat, the pedals, the feeling from the brake, the steering wheel,” said Sainz. “Every car has its tricks and you want to see how it is going to behave. 

“Then yes, you get into your bubble and start to try things. The cars are getting better, but in particular, this year F1 will take a giant step forward in terms of performance: much larger tyres, much higher levels of downforce. When I get into the car I’ll have a bit more of an itch because I know that the car is going to run much faster.”