Sainz: Midfield battle is getting tighter

Date published: July 17 2018

Carlos Sainz

Renault may be at the top of the midfield log but Carlos Sainz says it is getting “tighter and tighter” out on track.

10 races into this year’s championship and Renault have climbed to fourth in the Constructors’ standings on 70 points.

That puts him 19 ahead of Haas while McLaren in seventh are a further three points off the pace.

And with Haas, McLaren and Force India all joining Nico Hulkenberg inside the top-ten last time out at Silverstone, Sainz has urged Renault to continue pushing.

“We have lots of things we need to analyse, as the midfield battle is getting tighter and tighter,” he said.

“These last few rounds have highlighted that trend and our current fourth place could be threatened if we don’t keep up the hard work.

“We had a really good two-thirds of the race at Silverstone and it was a pity we couldn’t bring more points home.

“We need to keep pushing to secure the fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.”

Looking ahead to the next race, the German GP, the Spaniard revealed that Renault will be taking new parts including a new front wing to the Hockenheimring.

“I’m happy to be back racing in Germany. I’m especially looking forward to it as we have a few updates there – including a new front wing – to help us get back on the pace we showed at the beginning of the year.

“Hockenheim is a track I’ve won at in the past, so it’s one I’m looking ahead to.

“It’s Nico’s home race too, so that’ll be special for him – like for me in Spain – and that will help us both push hard on track all weekend.”