Carlos Sainz Jr. is geared up to help Renault in its fight for sixth place in the Formula 1 constructors' championship, saying he is "starting to feel at home" in the R.S.17 car after getting three races under his belt.

Sainz completed his move to Renault from Toro Rosso early, joining up for the United States Grand Prix last month, but has failed to score any points in either of his last two appearances.

Renault heads into the final race of the season four points shy of Toro Rosso in P6 in the constructors' championship, with Haas sitting just two points behind, creating a close battle for crucial positions and prize money.

"I left Brazil with a positive mindset as I’m starting to feel at home in the car and we head to Abu Dhabi with confidence and an aim for points. It’s going to be a tight fight in the championship for sixth, but we are ready for the challenge," Sainz said.

“There’s been a lot to learn but I think we’ve been able to face the challenge in a positive manner. It’s been an education for me to come to a manufacturer team, and there’s been a lot to do because of joining mid-season.

"I’m still on a steep learning curve with the car so I hope for another step forward in Abu Dhabi.

“Of course, I want to qualify and finish in the top ten. We’ve definitely had strong positives from every grand prix so far, and I want to continue that to finish the year with a smile on my face."


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