Carlos Sainz, wearing his brand new yellow and black F1 overalls, said he is determined to “give everything” he can ahead of his debut as a Renault driver at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
Confirmed to be part of Renault for the 2018 Formula 1 world championship, Sainz was granted an early departure from Toro Rosso, and allowed to make his debut with the French team, when Jolyon Palmer decided to depart after the Japanese Grand Prix.
This gives the Spaniard an opportunity to familiarise himself with his new team ahead of next season at the next four races.
Sainz said ahead of the race weekend at Circuit of the Americas, “I’m very excited to joining the team and I hope to hit the ground running. 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 a big challenge, but it motivates me.”
“We have this last push for the season and I have to find where the limit of the car is, get used to the steering wheel, things like that. That’s the procedure and I will embrace the challenge.”
“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,” added Sainz.