Sainz expecting ‘giant step forward’ in 2017 F1 car performance

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Carlos Sainz Jr. believes that the 2017-spec Formula 1 cars will offer a “giant step forward” in performance ahead of the first collective testing in two weeks’ time.

In a bid to make F1 cars multiple seconds per lap faster and look more radical, a number of significant changes have been made to the sport’s technical regulations for 2017.

Among them are aerodynamic tweaks that will give the cars more downforce and wider tires, both of which should amount to a sizeable gain in lap time.

“For us, every year driving the car is an incredible pleasure: the seat, the pedals, the feeling from the brake, the steering wheel. Every car has its tricks and you want to see how it is going to behave,” Sainz told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“Then yes, you get into your bubble and start to try things. And cars are getting better, but in particular, this year F1 will take a giant step forward in terms of performance: much larger tires, much higher levels of downforce.

“This year, when I get into the car, I’ll have a bit more of an itch [to race] because of that, because I know that the car is going to run much faster.”

Sainz will get his first taste of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s 2017 car, the STR12, on February 27 at the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona, Spain.