Oct.10 (GMM) Carlos Sainz says he is happy to make the switch to Renault earlier than originally planned.
Actually, the Spaniard said recently that he preferred to spend the rest of the season with Toro Rosso before starting afresh with his new Renault adventure in 2018.
But then a sudden deal was reached between Renault and Jolyon Palmer whereby the Briton exits his seat immediately to make room for Sainz’s debut in Austin next weekend.
“I heard about it from my manager only half an hour before the announcement,” Sainz told Auto Motor und Sport.
“I was just as surprised as everyone else.”
And so he admits that, on the grid at Suzuka, he did not know how to feel about his last race for Toro Rosso.
“But when I went to bed in the evening, I knew it was a good chance for me,” said Sainz.
“Now I can get used to the car, the engineers and the mechanics,” he added.
Some say Sainz’s early switch is in fact not a good idea, because he only risks being shown up by his highly rated and experienced new teammate Nico Hulkenberg.
Sainz said: “I would not have minded finishing the season with Toro Rosso. But the early start can be very important.
“It gives me an opportunity to get to know everything in the new team and to adapt the car to me. These four races will help me next year. And if I can get a few points for the team, that would be great,” he added.
As for beating Hulkenberg, however, Sainz admits it will not be easy.
“He has done 16 races with a car that I’ve never driven,” he said. “It will take me a while to adjust.
“Of course my goal is to reach his pace as soon as possible. But it’s not automatic. You have to work hard for it. It is about analysing the data and learning how to drive that car.”
25/09/2017 Palmer set to keep Renault seat in 2017 Sep.25 (GMM) Jolyon Palmer looks set to keep his race seat at Renault for the rest of the 2018 season.
Sources report that the British driver and his father Jonathan turned down the […]
10/08/2015 Verstappen still not listening to criticism Aug.10 (GMM) Max Verstappen is keeping his focus on the track, amid continuing criticism of his approach to formula one. On one hand, the 17-year-old Dutchman is being hailed as the next […]
08/10/2017 No Toro Rosso seat for Wehrlein – Marko Oct.8 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has denied rumours Pascal Wehrlein could be in the running to race for Toro Rosso in 2018.
On Sunday, both teams confirmed that Jolyon Palmer has been axed by […]
30/06/2015 Toro Rosso shines amid Red Bull-Renault debacle Jun.30 (GMM) Amid the Red Bull-Renault debacle of 2015, the only winner appears to be the junior team Toro Rosso. A report in Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims the James Key-designed […]
23/10/2016 Next Red Bull youngsters not ready for F1 – Horner Oct.23 (GMM) The 2017 grid is continuing to take shape, as the driver 'silly season' edges more crucial steps forward at the scene of the US grand prix.
The latest piece of the puzzle to […]
10/10/2017 Toro Rosso to announce Gasly’s US GP replacement Oct.10 (GMM) Team owner Red Bull will imminently decide who will replace Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly at the US grand prix next weekend.
Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko says Toro Rosso's […]
15/08/2016 Sainz felt ‘at eye level’ with Verstappen Aug.15 (GMM) The quiet achiever in F1 says he is looking forward to shining again in 2017.
Carlos Sainz began the season alongside Max Verstappen, performing well until the latter was […]
17/09/2017 Palmer read Renault axe story on internet Sep.17 (GMM) Jolyon Palmer says he learned about losing his seat at Renault from the internet.
"I knew it when I read it on the internet," Speed Week quotes the Briton as saying.
15/09/2017 Palmer pushing to keep 2017 Renault seat Sep.15 (GMM) Jolyon Palmer says he intends to keep his Renault seat at least for the rest of the 2017 season.
Although confirmation is still lacking, strong rumours in Singapore suggest […]