Sainz Jr. enthused by Renault debut points
23 October 2017 – Carlos Sainz Jr. revelled in a "smooth" weekend as he followed up a Q3 spot with points on his Renault debut at the United States Grand Prix.
Sainz Jr., having made the move across from Toro Rosso, ahead of his full-time 2018 seat with Renault, qualified in eighth place, and started seventh due to Max Verstappen's grid penalty.
He lost ground off the line but recovered to seventh place, via a stunning move on Sergio Pérez around Turn 18/19, and finished within sight of Esteban Ocon.
"It was a great debut for me with Renault and I really enjoyed myself out there," said Sainz Jr.
"Right from the beginning, every lap I was feeling more confident with the car, so I was able to push harder.
"I was able to attack the Force Indias, which have been out of reach for the team for the past few races, so to overtake one and attack another was a great result.
"Everything has gone very smoothly the whole weekend; I knew I could be quick and I had confidence in myself.
"The whole team has really helped me out and that was key to adapt quickly.
"To have such a good qualifying and race makes me really happy and I have great thanks for every single member of the team."
Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul praised the approach of the squad's new signing.
"He arrived extremely motivated and well prepared in a team that was equally ready," said Abiteboul.
"We've done a remarkable job together since the announcement of his arrival at the Japanese Grand Prix.
"He drove an aggressive but intelligent race. Despite losing a few positions at the start, he was able to bounce back with brilliant driving skills."
Sainz Jr.'s Renault team-mate, Nico Hülkenberg, failed to finish due to a drop in oil pressure.