Carlos Sainz Jr was on course for a good result in Hungary before a power issue on his Scuderia Toro Rosso forced him into an early retirement.
The young Spanish driver has retired from promising positions in the past three races through no fault of his own, but was happy to see team-mate Max Verstappen survive the crazy Hungarian Grand Prix with a fourth place finish.
“A very frustrating way to end the weekend, what a pity!” reflected Sainz. “We could’ve finished in a really good position today if we hadn’t retired…
“We were running in P5 and doing a very good race, but then I ran out of power towards the end of the race and that was the end of that. This is now the third race in a row where we were running in the points and we are not able to finish, so I’m not happy with that, but at least today Max was able to score some good points which is great for the team.”
Sainz continues to be happy with his performances during his rookie F1 campaign, and aims to come back stronger after the mid-season break, hopefully with a car that is reliable.
“It’s unfortunate that due to some reliability troubles I couldn’t contribute to our points tally today, but I’m not concerned at all about my performance because I know that I was also up there,” said Sainz.
“It’s upsetting and difficult to accept another retirement right now, but fortunately we now have the summer break to analyse what has happened, to reset, and come back stronger.”