Ferrari star Carlos Sainz will have to tackle the Turkish GP from the back of the field because he is starting the race with a fresh engine. The Spanish driver is already looking forward to catching up.
After the revised Ferrari drive unit in the rear of Charles Leclercs has proven itself in Sochi, Carlos Sainz will also get a new engine for the weekend in Turkey. This means that the 27-year-old from Madrid, who was able to conquer third place in Russia, has to roll up the field from behind, because he also exceeds the permitted engine contingent. But that doesn’t dampen his anticipation, as he asserts in Istanbul.
“In fact, it doesn’t feel that bad because if you go into a weekend with a new drive unit, it will hopefully bring a little more power and the team can also drive development, so I can’t be too disappointed. Of course you have to pay a price for it and move to the bottom of the grid, but I’ve been able to come up pretty well in recent years if I had to start far behind,” explains Sainz.
“I’m looking forward to it, because the focus is entirely on the race and on setting up the car so that it can handle all tire compounds and all conditions. So it’s okay, also because it’s good to have a different approach and besides, I have nothing to lose. You start last, so you can risk more, ”adds the current sixth place in the World Cup.
The good result in Sochi also gives him confidence, as Sainz emphasizes: “It was important because I expected to be able to make progress in the second half of the season. And the first three races after the summer break went well, but they weren’t anything special. Third place confirmed the progress and gave me a good feeling for the rest of the races.”