Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. believes he could have scored more points in his rookie Formula 1 season last year.
Sainz finished fifteenth in the Drivers’ World Championship with a total of eighteen points, ahead of the two McLaren-Honda drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. He only scored points in seven races, having his season compromised by seven retirements.
This was disappointing to the Spaniard not to have scored as many points as he felt he could have scored due to reliability issues with his car.
“It’s not nice to see you don’t have all the points you deserve on the table,” said Sainz to Autosport. “But in the end, the people’s view that I care about – Red Bull and Toro Rosso – they know all the points I could have now, they have done the calculation.
“I think more than one would be surprised to see the amount of points I could have in my bag without the reliability issues. From the calculations I have seen, I could have been a lot higher up, but you never know.
“At the end, you have to take it. This is sport, sometimes you don’t just depend on yourself. Hopefully in 2016, all this will be solved and we can go for it properly.”