Sainz shines on Renault debut in Austin

Date published: October 22 2017

Carlos Sainz wasted no time in adjusting to life at Renault after finishing an eye-catching P7 on debut for the Enstone team.

The Spaniard was able to make his first appearance for the team after Renault agreed a compensation package with the now-departed Jolyon Palmer.

And that decision to move the Brit on early brought a points finish for his replacement, who sealed P7 with a stunning overtake on Sergio Perez.

“It was a great debut for me with Renault and I really enjoyed myself out there," Sainz said.

"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."