Pune: Rallying runs in the viens of Sainz family, literally.
Just as Carlos Sainz earned his reputation by winning two World Rally Championship titles, his son by the same name, who drives for Renault Sport Formula One Team, is all perked up to show his rallying veins.
With Formula One championship enjoying the well-deserved break before the traditional start in March, Carlos Sainz Jr has decided to follow in the footsteps of his father as he drives in the final stage of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, the first round of the 13-round 2018 World Rally Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to experiencing Rallye Monte-Carlo for the first time. I’ve heard so much about it from my dad—how difficult the stages are, how the conditions can change in an instant from snow to rain or bright sunshine and of course how you need nerves of steel for some of those mountain passes and hairpins!,” said the junior Sainz about his one-off dabble in the gruelling sport of rallying.
What prompted him to take to rallying when F1 was taking the well-deserved rest before the season opens.
Probably his father’s second Dakar title could have given him the inspiration. Senior Sainz, driving for Peugeot nailed the 2018 Dakar that ran through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina and ended in Cordoba last Saturday.
“It’s going to be a real thrill to take part in such a legendary event behind the wheel of a Renault Mégane R.S, which will be fitted with snow and studded tyres so I can get a more complete sensation of rallying around these stages,” said the junior Sainz.
The 23-year-old Spaniard will make his Monte-Carlo debut when he drives the 13.58-km La Cabanette-Col de Braus Power Stage on January 28. Carlos will pass through the stage as the VIP course car that checks the stage before the timed World Rally Championship contenders, who will then head to Rally Sweden, run fully on ice.
The road starts in the Alpes-Maritimes surrounding the Principality of Monaco at 1,400m above sea level and descends through a series of tight hairpin bends before climbing again over a high mountain pass and ending at the Col de Braus.