Renault going "max out" for $6.5 million bonus - Sainz

Carlos Sainz says Renault will now be going "max out" to snatch the $6.5 million bonus that it would get for beating Toro Rosso to sixth place in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship.

Renault going "max out" for $6.5 million bonus - Sainz
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 sparks
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17

Renault has a golden chance to overturn a four-point deficit to Toro Rosso, with Nico Hulkenberg having qualified seventh for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

And Sainz, who is well-aware of how important the cash boost could be to the team for its 2018 preparations, says that the French car manufacturer has been working especially hard to deliver this weekend.

“It is very important,” he said about beating his former team Toro Rosso. “We’ve set it as a target this weekend, and they’ve prepared really well this race.

“Back in Enstone there has been a lot of work put into this last race and we want that position and I think we deserve that position. So we will go max out to get it.”

Sainz missed out on a spot in Q3 after being slowed on his final qualifying effort in Q2 by a lack of power out of the final corner – although he is hopeful that nothing has broken on his power unit.

He thinks, however, that Hulkenberg is perfectly placed to deliver.

“Hopefully Nico can finish the work tomorrow and finish in P7 because I am convinced that with his P7, that those six points are there,” said Sainz.

“From my side, I want to try to get into the points. I don’t know how much of an overtake probability we have tomorrow, it will be quite tight, especially because we have a few Mercedes engines ahead of us and we know they are 10km/h quicker.

"But we will try our best both with strategy and with pace to recover it.”

Hulkenberg said he was not too stressed about the delicate constructors’ championship situation.

“I think it is what it is,” he said. “I don't’ think about it too much. I want to get the best possible result tomorrow and finish the season with a nice race and a nice result. If we get the best out of it, I am sure we can get the other job too.”

He reckoned, however, that his qualifying effort in Abu Dhabi was one of the best of his campaign – especially because he had to get through Q2 with a single-lap effort.

“I only had one lap, so state of the art again, probably one of my best from the whole year in qualifying again,” said the German.

“Generally I am very happy with my record in qualifying. I feel this year with these cars I like it a lot more. You can push. You have grip somehow. There is more you can work with as a driver, so it is really in favour for me.

“I feel more confident and happy compared to some previous years. And for me in my world, when I count, it is 20-love... so well done.”

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