Carlos Sainz says he is hoping to start “a bit from zero” when he heads to his home Spanish Grand Prix next week.
The Toro Rosso driver has been disappointed with his start to the new season and had a race to forget in Russia
last weekend, losing time on the opening lap when he became collateral damage in the first lap collision between Daniil Kvyat and Sebastian Vettel, and also later losing out when he was penalised for the incident with Jolyon Palmer.
Sainz will also now have a new team-mate at the Circuit Barcelona de Catalunya, after Red Bull
made the shock decision to demote Kvyat and promote Max Verstappen to its senior team.
to that announcement, Sainz added he is hopeful the coming races will suit the Toro Rosso package more.
“For me I like to do a kind of reset,” he replied, when asked how he will pick himself up from his early season woe. “These four flyaway races is the part of the season when anything can happen. There are always things going on, hopefully from Barcelona onwards we can start a bit from zero.
“I think everything has happened in Australia, Bahrain with the crash with [Sergio] Perez, China with the pit stop and in Russia with... everything. So it's better to start from zero from Barcelona and start our season there.
“We have a stronger package I think for the European races and for this kind of long, straight tracks, and I'm looking forward because I think we can pick up a lot of pace and a lot of points that we didn't pick up in these first races.”
Pressed on how much of setback the first four races were, especially given Toro Rosso had hoped to capitalised early on as it is using a 2015-spec Ferrari power unit, he added while the results have not been what they had hoped for, the season is still young.
“We are not hiding it. We are very disappointed with the way these first four races went. Me personally, because I thought more points in Australia was possible. In Bahrain looking at the pace we had was amazing, so to have to retire after lap one with the crash with Perez [was disappointing]. China wasn't the cleanest of races and in Russia with all that happened we feel like we should have picked up more points. But anyway, it's like this and still a long season ahead. Hopefully the others don't come to Barcelona with a massive engine step and we can still fight everyone,” he concluded.