Formula 1

Carlos Sainz Jr: “What a shame to have had to retire”

1 Mins read

Carlos Sainz Jr admitted he was disappointed after being forced to retire from the Bahrain Grand Prix after heading into the event with one eye on a good points haul.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver was the highest starter to not start the race on the Supersoft Pirelli tyre, and had made a good start to the Grand Prix only to suffer a puncture after a clash with the Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez at turn one on lap two, and was compromised thereafter with damage on his STR11.

A lap down and out of contention, Sainz remained on track until just after half distance before pulling into the pits to retire, but the Spaniard is already focused on coming back strong in two weeks time in China.

“What a shame to have had to retire,” said Sainz. “It was looking like a race where we could’ve certainly scored points, and it all just ended in a first-lap accident.

“We had a very good start to the race – obviously everyone in front of us was on the Super Soft tyre while we started on Softs, but we still managed to gain a few places, so that was good.

“We were fighting and I was defending from a McLaren and Checo Perez, who suddenly arrived from behind and hit me, causing a puncture. From that point onwards my race was completely lost, as I was a lap down after my first pit-stop.

“Now we just need to put this behind us and look forward to the next race in China in two weeks’ time, where we will come back stronger – we know that we have a good car and we can be fast.”

Related posts
Formula 1

Pirelli Expecting Teams to Adopt One-Stop Strategies for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

1 Mins read
Mario Isola says he expects teams to adopt one stop strategies during this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix due to the amount of time drivers will lose in the pit lane.
Formula 1

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “We're under no illusions that this will be a straightforward season”

2 Mins read
Toto Wolff hopes Mercedes’ battle with Red Bull remains close in 2021, although he wants to see his team improve the performance of the W12.
Formula 1

Alpine looking to bring a new 'upgrade package' for Imola

2 Mins read
Alpine F1 Team Executive Director Marcin Budkowski says the team have a number of upgrades on the way for the next few races, with one such package in place for Imola.

Leave a Reply