Sainz keen to learn from lessons of rookie F1 season

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Carlos Sainz Jr. is relishing the opportunity to get back on track for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2016 as he looks to learn from the lessons of his rookie season in Formula 1.

Sainz stepped up to F1 with Toro Rosso in 2015 after winning the Formula Renault 3.5 title, and enjoyed a quietly impressive first season with the Italian team.

Despite spending much of the year in the shadow of teammate Max Verstappen, Sainz produced some stand-out drives in Spain and Austin, and was hamstrung by poor reliability at times.

Looking ahead to his second season in F1, Sainz said that he is looking to build on the lessons offered by 2015 and continue to improve.

“I think I learned how difficult it is to always give your 100% every race weekend, throughout the whole season,” Sainz said when reflecting on 2015.

“This year there are even more races on the calendar, so my training purpose is thought to improve my performance, race by race.

“I expect a long but fun championship ahead, where I will make the most of all what I learned last year and I’m sure that we will make a step forward in terms of performance.

“It will be a challenging season but that doesn’t scare me at all. Let’s not forget that I’m living the dream of my life!”

Sainz will get his first taste of Toro Rosso’s new car, the STR11, on February 22 in Barcelona.