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Sainz Believes Renault ‘In Better Place’ After Qualifying Eighth in Mexico

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Carlos Sainz Jr - Mexican Grand Prix - F1
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Carlos Sainz Jr. is pleased to see Renault Sport Formula One Team have found ‘a bit more performance’ as he managed to qualify eighth for the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Spaniard described the session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez as “a very good qualifying” as both Renault cars reached Q3 with team-mate Nico Hülkenberg starting a place higher in seventh.

“It was a very good qualifying for the team today,” reflected the Spaniard.  “We’ve confirmed we’re in a better place than in previous races and we’ve found a bit more performance in the car, so we can be happy with that.”

Renault have looked good all weekend with a strong Friday showing but Sainz admitted he was not fully happy with the handling of his car during qualifying.

“From a personal point of view, qualifying could have gone better as I was fighting the balance of the car and I had a lot of oversteer,” said Sainz.  “I wasn’t feeling so happy in the car, but we still made Q3.”

Both Renaults finished in the points last week at the Circuit of the Americas and Sainz is optimistic of repeating that result in Mexico on Sunday.

“We always want more, so we’ll be fighting tomorrow to ensure it’s another successful team result with double points,” he said.

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