Carlos Sainz Jr. was disappointed and admitted that Renault Sport Formula One Team “weren’t quick enough” at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard was knocked out in the first part of qualifying at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace and was always facing an uphill battle to rescue any points from the race but he knew it was going to be tough weekend, even before arriving in Brazil.
“We knew coming to Brazil would be a tough weekend and ultimately we weren’t quick enough for points today.”
The Renault driver, in his penultimate race for the French outfit, started well and had a terrific battle on the opening lap with Renault team-mate, Nico Hülkenberg.
“We were able to gain three positions after another strong start and had some good, clean battles with Nico and other cars.”
The Renault didn’t have the pace to keep up with the cars in front and Sainz ultimately came home in twelfth place and admits he “wanted more” from Brazil but is looking forward to Abu Dhabi.
“When the race settled we kept pushing but we just didn’t have the pace so couldn’t make sufficient progress.
“I wanted more today, so let’s work for that in Abu Dhabi.”