Carlos Sainz Jr.: “Very Frustrating” Following Lap 1 Retirement


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Carlos Sainz Jr‘s race at the British Grand Prix only lasted one lap after he retired following a collision with team-mate Daniil Kvyat.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers made contact with each other on the opening lap of the race at Silverstone. Kvyat rejoined the track at Becketts after going wide when the pair raced side by side into Maggots. Sainz was the unfortunate victim from Kvyat’s mistake and ended his race early as a result.

“I’m not going to say much about what happened today on lap 1 with Daniil, the images talk for themselves – it’s just very frustrating to have not finished another race.”

Sainz qualified fourteenth but soon thirteenth following Fernando Alonso‘s grid penalty, was destined to grab points and hoped for a tricky scenario to occur during the race but failed thanks to the collision with his team-mate.

“Of course I’m disappointed and it’s not the way you want your race to go” said the Spaniard

“But I just need to think of it as a stage of my year – with 20 races, there’s always going to be this kind of situation at some point… That’s why I’m not worried and very calm. “

“Fortunately, it’s a weekend where not a lot of points were on the table, especially because we needed some tricky scenarios like rain but this never happened, so we didn’t lose that much.”

Despite the poor result for the Italian based team, with Kvyat getting no further than fifteenth in the race, Sainz assist that the team need to remain positive and fight back in the next round at the Hungarian Grand Prix in two weeks time.

“We need to keep our heads up – I’d like to cheer the mechanics and the whole team up as they must also be disappointed about this and hopefully in Hungary we can turn it around and have a good race weekend as a team.”