Sainz Jr. feels early Renault move has paid off
16 December 2017 – Carlos Sainz Jr. feels that his premature switch to Renault has already paid off, and will boost its prospects of hitting the ground running in 2018.
Sainz Jr., having been expected to remain at Toro Rosso, secured a 2018 seat with Renault, on loan from Red Bull, facilitated by the engine switches between various teams.
Sainz Jr., though, was able to make an early switch to Renault in the wake of Jolyon Palmer's departure, and completed the final four Grands Prix in his new surroundings.
Sainz Jr. feels that his early move across to the manufacturer, which included points on his debut in the United States, has already paid dividends.
"[At the] beginning of March [if someone had said] that my season would have gone as it has gone I would have been happy," said the Spaniard.
"I wanted to do a step up after my 2017 season and my step up arrived four races earlier than expected.
"To get to race with the team that I'm going to race in 2018 to get those four races is obviously a challenge, with a lot of work.
"There's a lot of effort [that has gone] into that last four races but it has paid off and it will pay off in the future."
Sainz Jr. also expressed satisfaction with his 2017 campaign, having classified ninth in the standings, including a high of fourth in Singapore, his final points finish with Toro Rosso.
"I think when I had the opportunity, [when it] represented itself, when there was a chance to score big points we have been the ones scoring big points," he said.
"That's why I'm P9 in the championship.
"Even if on occasions it has been tough to get points in the Toro Rosso or even the Renault, whenever the opportunity has presented itself we've grabbed it.
"That's why I have many points, so I can be proud of where I was."