Sainz 'excited' for better Renault - father

  • 23 Feb 2018 11:54
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Famous former rally champion Carlos Sainz expects his son to take a "step forward" in formula one this year. Last year, Carlos Sainz Jr stepped up from the Red Bull programme to join the works Renault team.

His father and namesake now expects Sainz, 23, to take another "little step forward" in 2018: "He is preparing for the season with a lot of enthusiasm," 55-year-old Sainz told EFE news agency.

"The tests start next week, the Renault was presented this week, he's very excited and those of us who are with him are too," the two-time rally champion added. "From what he says, he is confident that they will take a step forward," he said.

Renault driver Sainz told L'Equipe he has settled in well at the French team."I have the impression of building a team around me," he said. "We have a good chance of doing great things together. The goal is to get closer to the best teams, but it's impossible to say exactly where we will be. We're not thinking so much in terms of championship position but rather pure performance.

Meanwhile, Sainz Sr played down suggestions his son might consider trying his hand at a rallying career in the future. In January, the 23-year-old drove two stages of the Monte Carlo rally: "No, it was an act of marketing. He was driving a course car only to get to know the stage."

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  • I'd be surprised if they didnt catch Force India this year. And I'd also be surprised if they, as a works team, didnt beat McLaren this year. But I must admit that I'd prefer if Force India beat them. In fact, I'd love if if we were to see Force Pink fighting for a top 3 position. Dont think it'll happen, but a labrat can dream.

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    • Feb 23 2018 - 17:59
  • boudy

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    It all depends if he stabilizes this year with his results. If the Renault engine performs better and he beats his team mate we might be going back to RB. The fact that Ricciardo hasn't signed yet is for me an indication that he's moving team and I can't see him going anywhere else then an factory team. It is that scenario which will move sainz back.

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    • Feb 23 2018 - 22:29

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