The Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team recently presented an interview with Carlos Sainz, who is ready for his home race at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona this weekend. The interview previews were released on the Maranello team’s official website and revealed three key questions and answers with the home driver in view of the Montemelo race:
For the first time since you’ve been racing in F1 you will tackle the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit without the chicane in the final sector. Are you happy with this change? Do you think it will help improve the show during the race?
Carlos Sainz: “Yes, I think it’s a good idea and it will be fun to race with this new layout in sector 3. There was nothing really wrong with the chicane, but it’s good to try a different approach and see how it affects lap times and the race. I’m looking forward to it.”
Your racing career started on home soil in Spain. What can you remember about your early races and where did they take place?
Carlos Sainz: “Spain has a long and lasting relationship with motorsport and there are many race tracks all over the country. My first karting races were in my home town, Madrid. From there I started to travel all over the country, competing in different categories. Then I did my first ever laps in a single seater at the Jarama Circuit, also in Madrid. Maria de Villota was my instructor that day and I will always cherish it in my memory. She was a great person and sportswoman and since she sadly passed away, I have always carried her logo, a star, on the back of my helmet.”
This year there will again be the Grada CS55 grandstand. How special is it to race at home and have an entire sector of the track dedicated to your supporters? What would you like to offer them this weekend?
Carlos Sainz: “I really enjoy having the Grada CS55 in Barcelona. The Spanish fans are extremely special for me and I’m incredibly happy to have a dedicated grandstand for them. If anything, it is too small! But I know there are many fans on other grandstands also cheering me on. It’s difficult to explain what it feels like to race in F1 at home. I simply love it and I hope we can put on a good show and get a good result. They can be sure I will giving my absolute best.”
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