Carlos Sainz Jr will take to the helm of the championship winning Red Bull RB8 at the Nurburgring this weekend.

As he currently sits top of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship standings, Sainz Jr was gifted this opportunity by the Austrian outfit who annually invite the mid season leader to test one of their previous Formula 1 challengers. He will be joined at the showcase by Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi.

Driving Sebastian Vettel's title winning model, the Red Bull youngster will hope to put in a strong showing as he vies for a future seat at sister team, Toro Rosso. Speaking ahead of his demonstration laps, the nineteen-year-old expressed his delight at driving a world-renowned F1 car.

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"Everything that is related to F1 is a good gift", he said. "It is my dream as you know to become a Formula 1 driver so to try the Red Bull car is an amazing feeling".

The Spaniard last drove the RB7 on the streets of Kuwait earlier this year, the first time a Formula 1 car has been shown on the country's roads. Already familiar with the Adrian Newey designed model, the DAMS Racing driver explained the differences between his 3.5 litre machine and its F1 counterpart.

"I think the main differences are obviously the engine; you have a lot of power but the down force is quite similar", he clarified. "I was actually quite surprised because, when I first tried a Formula 1 car, I didn't feel it was a big step forward in terms of high speed balance because the 3.5 has already a lot of down force ", he added.

Unfazed by the challenge, Sainz Jr appeared calm as he looks ahead to his F1 chance alongside former Toro Rosso driver, Buemi. The Infinity Red Bull Racing showcase will take place throughout the World Series by Renault weekend.

"It is not out of control, you can get used to the car fairly quick", he concluded.

Sainz Jr currently holds a thirty-three point lead over fellow Red Bull junior, Pierre Gasly with four rounds of the championship remaining. Driving with Kevin Magnussen's former team DAMS Racing, he has secured five wins from the last nine races.