Carlos Sainz Jr. is relishing the chance to see out the 2017 Formula 1 season with Renault, believing the additional four races with the team will give him a boost heading into his first full campaign at Enstone in 2018.

Sainz was confirmed to be joining Renault for 2018 over the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, only for the team to work a deal to shuffle out Jolyon Palmer and draft the Spaniard in from this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

Speaking in Thursday's FIA press conference, Sainz said the additional four races would aid him in settling into life at Renault, giving him a head-start ahead of his planned start with the team next year.

"First of all the 2018 cars will be an evolution of this year, so every input I can have in this year’s car, every feeling I can get from every single area of the current car, will help me for next year," Sainz said.

"On top of that, it’s always better to meet engineers, PR people, team bosses and start working along together with all of them that gives an advantage for 2018 rather than going straight into winter testing in 2018.

When asked how close he expected to be to full-time Renault racer and new teammate Nico Hulkenberg, Sainz said: "Let’s wait and see. My main target has to be to go session by session.

"I’m the first one that wants to be on the pace straight away, but I cannot get too excited about that. I need to cover all the procedures, all the steps that I want to take little by little to get to know the car.

"I need to adapt myself to the car, and I need to adapt the car to myself at the same time.

"That takes a bit of time, and I’m going to go step by step and hopefully get there as soon as possible."



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