Sainz Jnr gets Monte Carlo rally debut!

Carlos Sainz, Renault
© Renault

Renault's Carlos Sainz Jnr will follow in the footsteps of his famous father next Sunday when he takes on the final stage of the 2018 Monte Carlo Rally.

The 23-year-old F1 driver will make his Monte-Carlo debut when he drives the 13.58km La Cabanette-Col de Braus Power Stage on 28 January in the New Renault Mégane R.S.

It won't be a timed, competitive run however as Sainz will run as the VIP course car which checks the stage before WRC contenders launch their timed assault.

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.

For Sainz, the opportunity with Renault will mark his official rally debut. His double World Raly Championship-winning rally father won the Monte Carlo rally three times, in 1991, 1995 and 1998.

"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!

"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."

No word yet if papa Sainz could be junior's co-driver!

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