Started the season as a forgotten man at Toro Rosso and ending 2017 as a star in the making at Renault, 2017 was indeed a strange year for Carlos Sainz in Formula One.
Understandably disappointed to be overlooked by the main Red Bull squad when they promoted teammate Max Verstappen in place of Daniil Kvyat, then going on to comprehensively trounce his new team mate, Carlos Sainz showed all the signs of a man looking for a fresh start in 2017.
That fresh start would be granted by the Renault Sport Formula One team in Austin, drafting in the Spanish star for the final rounds of the season ahead of what would be a full time debut with the squad in 2018. Many expected 2017 to be a learning year for the 23-year-old, however the Spaniard made an instant impact at the Enstone outfit, immediately out performing his highly rated team mate and astonishing many people for his remarkable ability to immediately find himself at home and on the pace in the yellow car.
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