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Sainz surprised to be on the pace so quickly

Carlos Sainz admitted he was surprised to be on the pace so quickly following his switch to the Renault team for the United States Grand Prix. Sainz continued to impress on his Renault F1 debut by taking eighth place in FP3 in Austin, a result which would have translated to sixth on the grid as two drivers ahead have penalties. On Friday, the Spaniard outpaced teammate Nico Hulkenberg in both sessions, earning 10th place in FP1 and 11th in FP2, although the two drivers were running different aero test programmes. He was beaten by Hulkenberg in the final practice session, but only by 0.042s. The German has the benefit of the latest spec V6, which has improved performance. "If you would...
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