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Sainz ‘lost for words’ losing British GP fourth place after last-lap tyre failure

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Sainz - Silverstone
Credit: McLaren Racing

The 2020 British Grand Prix hosted many travesties and tragedies over the course of it’s 52-lap race, notably the multitude of tyre delaminations in the closing laps. Whilst Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s ‘ Lewis Hamilton managed to limp to victory, Carlos Sainz Jr. was not so fortunate. The Spaniard finished thirteenth after running fourth for most of the race.

The challenging Silverstone Circuit applied immense pressure to drivers looking to reap the rewards in Sunday’s race, yet it also caused a great deal of stress for the tyres as well. During the latter phase of the Grand Prix, multiple cars suffered left-front punctures and failures- possibly due to the high-speed nature of the track.

Following the race Sainz stated that the catastrophe was ‘very disappointing, frustrating and unfortunate’ and he believes the nature of this shorter championship has amplified his losses.

I’ve lost some important points in these first four races, so I really look forward to this run of bad luck turning around. With a shorter championship, losing these points hurts more than normal, but we need to carry on.”

The McLaren driver was, however, keen to acknowledge the admirable performance of his team, commending them for their faultless pit-stops. He was also proud of his team-mate and dear companion Lando Norris who managed to secure a well-earned fifth place.

On the positive side, the car felt good on track and the boys did good pit-stops for the team – that’s why I also feel so bad for them.” 

The Spaniard concluded his statement by highlighting that the team was very much looking forward to and preparing for the next race at Silverstone, The 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Tomorrow, we’ll switch our focus to the second round here at Silverstone next week to try to capitalise on our good pace.”

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