Carlos Sainz Jr. feels things could have gone better for him and his Renault Sport Formula One Team despite his first points finish in four races.
The Spaniard finished ninth at the Hungarian Grand Prix but admitted it was a “frustrating” race as he was unable to take more advantage of his fifth place in qualifying due to losing positions in the first couple of corners.
“It was a frustrating race.” Said Sainz. “It was a tough first lap with the Soft, but I got off the line well until I was pushed out at turn one and lost some positions.”
The Renault had good pace at the Hungaroring but the Spanish driver was caught up in traffic after his pitstop which cost him time and ultimately positions to the McLaren F1 Team cars of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.
“As the race settled, I started to pick up the pace and put in some fast laps when we boxed.
“Traffic then didn’t help and it cost us time against both McLarens, who came out in front after their first stop.”
After starting in a strong position, Sainz feels they could have done better this weekend than their ninth placed finish.
“We need to see what happened there but for sure we could have done things better today.”