The excitement continues to build up ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, with only 55 days remaining for the country’s biggest sporting and entertainment spectacle.
Today, we focus on driver no. 55 on the F1 grid: Toro Rosso star Carlos Sainz Jr.
Coming off his rookie campaign last season, the Spaniard is an undeniable talent, and he has shown that he has a bright future at the pinnacle of motorsport.
Carlos Sainz Jr. Key Facts
- Nationality: Spanish
- Hometown: Madrid, Spain
- Age: 21
- Current Team: Toro Rosso
- Car no.: 55
- F1 Grand Prix starts: 19
- Best F1 finish to date: Seventh at the 2015 US Grand Prix
- F1 career points to date: 18
Carlos Sainz Jr. in Bahrain
Carlos Sainz Jr. previewing the 2015 Bahrain GP:
“This track usually produces a good race and last year I remember it was one of the highlights of the season. Racing at night in a Formula 1 car will be an interesting challenge, something different, although I have competed in a GP3 night race in Abu Dhabi. The Sakhir track has got long straights that create quite a lot of overtaking opportunities. Then there’s a tight middle sector that also has some high speed corners, followed by a very challenging braking point at Turn 10 I think, where it’s very easy to lock up the front tyres. I’ve never been to Bahrain, so I don’t know what to expect from the country itself."
- 2015 Race result: DNF
- 2015 Qualifying position: 9th in 1:34.462
Carlos Sainz Jr.’s race came to an end on lap 31 as he pulled over on his first lap after a pit stop. Overall, a very difficult weekend and a hard-won grid spot of ninth comes to nothing. Approaching turn eight he reported, "Feeling something strange in the car", with sparks coming off his front left tyre.
Sainz Jr. commented post-race:
“Quite a disappointing day today for all of us, especially after such a good qualifying yesterday. I don’t know what happened to my car today, I just know that I felt something weird with its behaviour and I was forced to stop. I can’t hide the fact that I’m upset because we had a very good starting grid position but we suffered from a lack of pace today.”