Carlos Sainz Jr says he wants to make his maiden home Formula 1 Grand Prix a race he will never forget and is hoping to make the Spanish fans proud.

The Spaniard is preparing for his first Formula 1 race on home soil and says he is raring to go at a circuit he is familiar with after the flyaway rounds.

"Being Spanish, the Spanish Grand Prix will always be the highlight of the year and the most special race of the season for me," Sainz Jr said. "I will have family and friends around and obviously, my first Formula 1 race on home soil will be something I will never forget."

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The Barcelona circuit hosted two pre-season Formula 1 tests earlier in the year and represents the first track the young Spaniard has competed on before.

However, circuit conditions are expected to be much hotter compared to the tests and the 22-year-old says his Toro Rosso team will have a very different set up with its STR10.

"The track temperature will be much higher so the car balance will change completely," he explained. "It will be challenging to see how much of a change there is between winter testing and May."

The Madrid-born driver has ruled out any detailed finishing targets but is hoping to achieve a result to make the Spanish fans proud.

"I'm really looking forward to the weekend ahead and it would be really nice to achieve a good result in front of my home crowd."