Carlos Sainz Jr. was chomping at the bit to leave Toro Rosso – and now we can all see why.
Earlier in the year, when Carlos Sainz Jr. threw a bit of a tantrum over being relegated to Toro Rosso for another year, it was easy to spite the Spaniard. Sainz’s vocal comments over his position within the team were dismissed by many as that of a spoiled child not getting what it wanted – but with his debut stint at Renault, Sainz has shut down any backtalk.
The Spaniard finished 7th in his debut spin around the track under the black and yellow livery of Renault, highlighting an incredibly potent drive in a car that he has had less than a week to acclimate to.
Now that he’s been granted the wish he’s so desperately desired, he’s wasted no time in impressing his new bosses. Renault’s Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul, was first to sing his praises:
“I think he did a remarkable job. It’s not easy to change teams in the middle of a season. There have been previous circumstances when things have not happened that way in other teams in the history of F1.
It’s a move that we were all looking forward to.
There was lots of preparation put into that. it’s not easy with a busy weekend between Suzuka and this race.
A lot has happened to get everything ready and that is to the credit of him first but also to the team that has done such a good job all together.” – Cyril Abiteboul
If Sainz is capable of turning a chaotic transition into such a powerful performance, there’s no telling what he’ll be capable of in the future. Criminally undervalued by most media outlets, Carlos may finally have the platform that he has so long desired.
Although everyone and their aunt loves to hop on the Verstappen bandwagon, the Dutchman may find his time in the limelight threatened by the up-and-coming Spaniard. Sainz did all he could to secure his position in Renault; and now that he has it nothing will stop him from proving what he’s capable of.