F1: Sainz Concedes He May Not Be Able to Match Hulkenberg

F1 Renault new transfer Carlos Sainz may have finally gotten what he wished for, but he’s under no illusion of the work that lies ahead of him.

After all of the ups and downs that Carlos Sainz went through to get into Renault, one would expect that he’d want just a moment to catch his breath.

And one would be sorely mistaken for thinking so. The ever-ambitious Spaniard is under no illusion regarding the size of the task ahead of him. Hopping in to the lukewarm and recently-vacated seat of Jolyon Palmer, Sainz will have no time to waste in getting up to speed.

The season may be reaching its end, but Renault will want to see immediate results. While its assumed that the young Sainz will have some leeway in regards to having to acclimate to a brand new car, Formula 1 is not a sport built around patience. Sainz knows this, and he’s not about to let all of his hard work go to waste.

Conversely, the Spainard is pragmatic about his potential results in the team – conceding that it would be “difficult” to match the performance of his new teammate, Nico Hulkenberg:

“It’s going to be difficult because has been driving a car for 16 races that I haven’t driven.

It will take time to adapt to it. I would like to do it as soon as possible but I am convinced it will take a bit of time of adaptation.

My target is to be on pace as quickly as possible, but it doesn’t come for free.

There will be a lot of hard work, analysis, understanding with the engineers how to drive the car, and if it happens, it happens.” – Carlos Sainz

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Sainz, while sometimes outwardly impatient, has proven to be one of the most promising young drivers in the sport over the last several years. Then again, one could argue that driving alongside Daniil Kvyat would make anyone look good.