Sainz Jr. aims to 'hit the ground running'
15 October 2017 – Carlos Sainz Jr. says he aims to "hit the ground running" with Renault as he prepares to make his first start for the manufacturer in the United States next weekend.
Renault confirmed in Singapore that Sainz Jr., who made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso in 2015, would race for the team in 2018, on loan from Red Bull.
However, Renault then reached an agreement to split with Jolyon Palmer, enabling Sainz Jr. to move across from Toro Rosso for the upcoming Austin round.
Sainz Jr. is wary that he faces a "big challenge" but is hopeful of performing from the outset at the Circuit of the Americas.
"I'm very excited to joining the team and I hope to hit the ground running," said Sainz Jr.
"We have some hard work ahead of us going into Austin with lots of things to learn and many people to meet.
"I'm going to give everything to be on the pace as soon as possible even though I know it can take a bit of time to adapt, but I'm confident we can do it.
"It's a big challenge, but it motivates me. We have this last push for the season and I have to find where the limit of the car is, get used to the steering wheel, things like that.
"That's the procedure and I will embrace the challenge."
Sainz Jr. added that he expects to gain from Nico Hülkenberg's greater experience across the rest of 2017.
"We are very close together in the championship, but we haven't had too many on-track battles," said Sainz Jr., who has 48 points to Hülkenberg's 34.
"I'm really looking forward to working with Nico. I think he is a great driver and one of the most talented on the grid. He has lots of experience in Formula 1 so I will learn from him as soon as I can.
"Hopefully we can both help the team move further up in the championship before the end of the season."