Carlos Sainz will switch early from Toro Rosso to the French manufacturer in Formula 1 due to the exterior grinding of Jolyon Palmer at Renault.
The news surprised him very much as he did not expect it. The young Spaniard could also have lived with it if he had ended the season 2017 with Toro Rosso. Now he wants to take advantage of the opportunity to acclimate early at Renault.
I also learned it only half an hour before the official announcement,”says Sainz.”I’m sorry. He would have been informed by his manager, who was brought up to date by Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul.
Emotional had not become Sainz, but because he had completely focused on the race in Japan.” I didn’t have a chance to process it properly,”said the Spaniard. It was only when I was in bed that I got really happy, because it is a great opportunity for me to get used to the new car earlier than expected and get to know the engineers and the team. Due to the weekend of the race, it was still difficult to think about it, as I was completely focused.”
“I would have been happy to have ended the season with Toro Rosso,”says Sainz.”I would have been happy too if I had finished the season with Toro Rosso.” But I was also looking forward to my change to Renault.”Of course, he was glad that the change is now being made early, as it would be a great opportunity for him. The four races will help me to get a standard for the coming season.”
“Working week until the race in Austin”
Furthermore, the Spaniard would be happy to help Renault with some more WM points. The next step is to visit the Renault plant. It’s going to be a very busy week for me until the race in Austin. There are still many things I need to learn.”
To the question whether Sainz has already spoken to Jolyon, the future Renault pilot answered:”No, not really. We did not see each other during the weekend, not even during the driver’s parade, because we were driving different cars.”
Sainz is not to blame for Palmer’s fate.” I feel for him because he has to leave Renault or even Formula One early. I had nothing to do with it. It was not my decision.”Except that he was sorry, Sainz did not have to tell him.