Carlos Sainz feels excited before his first race for the new F1 team and can’t wait to test the limits of their car Renault R.S.17 on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

After being in Toro Rosso for almost three years, Sainz will strenghten the factory Renault team and join Nico Hulkenberg on the mission of securing the fifth position in this year’s championship.

“I’m very excited to joining the team and I hope to hit the ground running,” said Sainz.

“We have some hard work ahead of us going into Austin with lots of things to learn and many people to meet. I’m going to give everything to be on the pace as soon as possible even though I know it can take a bit of time to adapt, but I’m confident we can do it.”

“It’s key to have this immediate taste with Renault and get to know the people and the car.”

“It’s good to see the people at Enstone putting the work in to get back to the top. They can be sure all the effort being put in is being matched on my side of things and I will be pushing flat out to help the team.”

Sainz knows how to be fast in Austin

Sainz Toro Rosso USA GP F1 2015 Photo Red Bull
Sainz was brilliant in the last two races in Austin where he finished 7th in 2015 (pictured) and 6th in 2016.

Sainz finished in top7 in the last two races held at Austin and is confident he knows the track well and that he can be very fast in Renault R.S.17.

“It’s one of my favourite tracks and I had one of my best races in Formula 1 there last year, finishing sixth. I can go there with confidence as I know how to go fast in Austin. I just need that adaptation to the car and the engineers.”

“The first sector is special, it’s one of these modern tracks which is well designed, very fast with quick changes of direction and high G-forces. I love these sort of tracks and it’s a good opportunity for me to test the limit of the R.S.17.”

Hulkenberg ‘one of the most talented F1 drivers’

Sainz is looking forward to work with Nico Hulkenberg who scored all points for Renault in F1 2017.

“We are very close together in the championship, but we haven’t had too many on-track battles. I’m really looking forward to working with Nico. I think he is a great driver and one of the most talented on the grid.”

“He has lots of experience in Formula 1 so I will learn from him as soon as I can. Hopefully we can both help the team move further up in the championship before the end of the season.”

BATTLE FOR THE 5th PLACE

5. Williams Mercedes 66
6. Toro Rosso Renault 52
7. Haas Ferrari 43
8. Renault 42
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