Carlos Sainz sees ‘real opportunity to win a race at home’

Carlos Sainz believes he has a “real opportunity” to win his home race, the Spanish Grand Prix, and that’s a first for the Ferrari driver.

This season Sainz has one of the best cars on the grid, and it could be even better come Barcelona as Ferrari are set to introduce a raft of upgrades.

Having lost out to Red Bull the past two races, the Scuderia believe their first big update of the season will at the very least draw them level if not put them back in ascendancy.

As such Sainz returns home to Spain believing this could be his chance to win his home race.

“It’s a real opportunity to make a podium or win a race at home, it’s a unique feeling that I’m really looking forward to,” he told Motorsport.com.

Carlos Sainz on the podium covered in streamers. Miami May 2022

“It would be my first [victory] and for that reason it would be very special and, second, it would be at home.

“This is what I work for every day, trying to make it happen as soon as possible and the one who wants to win the most is me.”

Sainz was back on the podium last time out in Miami, ending his run of first lap crashes with a P3 behind race winner Max Verstappen and Leclerc.

He is currently seventh on the list for the most race starts without a win with 145 starts, and still no P1 finish to his name.

The only good news there is that he is a long way off Andrea de Cesaris’ record of 208 winless starts.

The 27-year-old is hoping the crowd support will give him the extra boost his needs to break his duck.

“That they support me as much as they can, that every little bit they do is noticeable from the car,” he said.

“I’ve always noticed it, at home I’ve always done my best races, scoring points when I didn’t have a car to score points, and this year we have a car for a podium, we’re going to try to win and go for it.”

Sainz has scored in all seven Spanish GPs in his career, his best result a P6 at the 2020 race.

 

“I remember going to the grand prix in 2005 or 2006 and seeing the stands at full capacity when Alonso raced for the World Championship and won races, well I think that in 2010 and 2013 it was also full again, but not since,” he said.

“To see it 100 percent, I think this year is going to be the first time in many years and it’s going to be incredible.”

 

 




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