Carlos Sainz Jr: “It’s frustrating to have to end the race like this”

Carlos Sainz Jr - Credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Carlos Sainz Jr was annoyed to end his Belgian Grand Prix on just the second lap after suffering a puncture down the Kemmel Straight that left him with a damaged car.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver was able to keep the car pointing in a straight-line when his tyre exploded, but spun on the exit of Les Combes, with his rear wing breaking due to the tyre wrapping itself around it.

Sainz had been running seventh having made a good start, and was annoyed that one of the best starts of his life meant very little due to the puncture.

“How frustrating to have to retire from the race because of a puncture!” revealed Sainz. “I did one of the best starts of my life and by the end of the first lap I had gained seven positions and was racing in P7…

“But I then went over some debris from other cars at the start of my second lap and the tyre ended up exploding after Eau Rouge. It definitely wasn’t the best moment of my life, especially after doing such a good start!

“It’s frustrating to have to end the race like this, but I will keep fighting and forget today as quickly as possible.”