Carlos Sainz Jr Unveils a Special Surprise for Fans in Barcelona

Published 03/05/2020, 12:07 PM EST


Back in 2018, Carlos Sainz launched his very own grandstand at the Circuit de Catalunya. He did this in partnership with Renault and Estrella Galicia 0,0.  Recently, Sainz Jr issued a small challenge for his fans at the circuit. While Lando Norris was testing the MCL35, Sainz visited his grandstand for the challenge.

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The area is located at Turn 12, in a place where Turns 10, 11 and 12 are visible, along with the chicane. Apparently, the Spaniard managed to get hold of three stickers for his helmet. He will then place each sticker in random seats out of the 4000 seats in that section of the track.

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What does Carlos Sainz have in store for the lucky fans?

The McLaren driver was quite coy about the details. However, he admitted that the three lucky fans will receive a special surprise during the Spanish Grand Prix. He instructed people to take a picture of their seat and send it to him via Instagram. Sainz Jr teased that the surprise will be ‘awesome’.

The Spaniard then proceeded to place the stickers in various locations in the grandstand. He was also careful to not give away too many hints about which seats had a sticker on.

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Speaking about McLaren’s chances this season, he confessed that the team is much happier. However, he is aware that they cannot judge their own performance before the season has begun.

After their welcome podium return, the British outfit will be eager to keep up the momentum. Sainz Jr told Motorsport.com that they have improved on the downforce front. However, he admitted that the MCL35 struggled in the final sector in Catalunya.

He continued, “We cannot take too many conclusions, we need to keep analysing ourselves, and I think we we’re doing a pretty good job on dissecting our performance levels in different sectors and trying things to make it better.”

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“And the differences you’re trying to spot, you see 10 kilos is three or four tenths [of a second]. So it’s impossible to take a conclusion because with three tenths in the midfield you go from being P7 on the grid to being the P17.”

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