Sainz Jr. benefitting from Hülkenberg experience
2 January 2018 – Carlos Sainz Jr. says he is profiting from Nico Hülkenberg's greater Formula 1 experience, having previously been paired with fellow youngsters at Toro Rosso.
Sainz Jr. debuted alongside Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015, before linking up with Daniil Kvyat, who joined the grid a year beforehand, and then spent two races next to newcomer Pierre Gasly.
Ahead of his full-time move to Renault for 2018, on loan from Red Bull, Sainz Jr. switched to the manufacturer for the final four Grands Prix of 2017, in place of Jolyon Palmer.
Sainz Jr. linked up with Hülkenberg, who has started 135 Grands Prix for Williams, Force India, Sauber and Renault, having also claimed victory at Le Mans with Porsche.
The Spaniard says that his team-mate's greater experience has already led to personal gains, and believes their partnership will push Renault forward in 2018.
"It's interesting, especially already I've felt differences," said Sainz Jr. on his relationship with Hülkenberg.
"Everything is going to help for sure, to be up against a guy that has been seven or eight years in Formula 1, and has really settled nicely into a team like Nico has over the last year.
"There's only things to learn and look out for.
"I'm sure we can push each other hard and that's only going to bring the team forward.
"I think also Nico welcomes the challenge of having me next to him and it's just going to push the team forward.
"Already in feedback we have a lot of similarities and that's going to help everyone."
Sainz Jr. scored points on his Renault debut at the US Grand Prix, contributing to Renault beating his former team, Toro Rosso, to sixth place in the Constructors' Championship.