Carlos Sainz believes that Toro Rosso could be on course for a good weekend in Budapest as he looks to make up for the disappointment of retiring from the British Grand Prix.
The Spaniard's exit from Silverstone was his second in as many races, as a sensor fault caused his car to shut down just a week after electrical problems ended his Austrian Grand Prix ahead of schedule. As a result of the double DNF, Sainz has now slipped behind much-hyped STR team-mate Max Verstappen in the driver rankings, but believes that he can redress the balance with a good showing at the Hungaroring.
“It's a circuit that I know pretty well as I've raced there many times in the junior categories, finishing on the podium a few times,” he noted, “It's definitely one of the historic European tracks that everyone loves going to, and I think it could also be a circuit that suits the Toro Rosso car well, so I'm looking forward to the weekend.”
While not everyone shares Sainz's view on the Hungaroring, the F1 rookie is a fan of the challenge the tight layout presents.
“It's a very enjoyable layout to drive and its narrow and twisty nature means there's little time to relax on a lap because there are no real straights,” he commented, “The very high air and track temperatures also mean it could be a challenge physically, so I've been training hard in warm conditions.”
With Verstappen also retiring from the British round, Toro Rosso missed the opportunity to overhaul Sauber in the team standings, and heads to Budapest trailing the Swiss outfit by a couple of points. Sainz, meanwhile, is just a point adrift of Verstappen after their first nine grands prix.