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Carlos Sainz Jr. focussing on qualifying performance in Hungary

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Carlos Sainz Jr. has said that you “have to be on it” at the Hungaroring as Formula One heads to Hungary.

The Spaniard has scored points in two of his three previous visits and says it is a very intense lap and tough to get everything right.

“It’s a very tight track, similar to Monaco in a way but obviously without the barriers. It’s a track I like, especially in qualifying, where you have to be on it.

“A lap is very intense and busy with a lot of corner combinations you have to get right. It’s a difficult circuit to overtake, but turn one is probably the best opportunity.”

The Hungarian Grand Prix is the last race before the sport goes on its summer break and Sainz has mixed feelings about the month break.

“It’s the final race before the summer break, so it’s one we put a lot of effort into to finish on a bright note. This past month has been a challenge, but our focus is on this race and ensuring we are back in the points.

“I have mixed feelings about the summer break. On one hand, it’s nice because you get the chance to reset everything a little bit, but on the other, I love racing and I’ll miss that for a few weeks!”

This weekend sees the thirty-fourth running of the Hungarian Grand Prix and Sainz agrees with a number of drivers in saying that Budapest is one of his favourite cities in the world.

“Budapest is up there as one of my favourite cities in the world. There are lots of good restaurants, historic buildings and things to do. We normally get the chance to stay a bit longer than in other cities because of the test following the race.

“We’ll be aiming to put on a show for the fans as they are always so passionate in Hungary.”

Hungary is the fourth race in July and the Renault Sport Formula One Team driver admits it has been a tough few races but is focused on getting a strong result this weekend.

“It’s been a tough few races, but I’m focused on this round and doing the best job possible. We have a fight on our hands for fourth place, but I’m confident we have what it takes to stay on top.

“I’m taking it round by round, and my focus is on having a good outing at the Hungaroring this weekend.”

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