Sainz very frustrated after another non-points finish

23-09-2019 09:27
by Joseph Tyrrell
F1 News
Sainz very frustrated after another non-points finish

Carlos Sainz finished 12th at the Singapore Grand Prix but the Spaniard has been reflecting on what could have been after the Spaniard had to pit early under the lights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Sainz started the race in seventh but had to make a pit stop on lap one which lasted more than 40 seconds after he was hit by a Renault at turn five. He recovered from the worst possible start and came over the line in 12th place. Meanwhile Sainz's teammate, Lando Norris finished seventh.

After the race Sainz admitted his frustration at being denied the chance of a double-points finish for McLaren

“Very disappointing end to the weekend. For the second time in a row we end up with a non-points finish when we were up for a good result. We had the start that we wanted; we were P7 attacking the Red Bull in front of us," Sainz said.

“However, into Turn Five, I got hit from behind by the Renault and that was it. We had a puncture, big car damage, a long pit-stop and I was one lap down. It’s a shame because it would’ve been a good P7 and a double-points finish for the team.

“Nonetheless, we didn’t give up and fought hard until the end. I felt strong physically and mentally in the car, and I’m sure we can fight back in Russia. Let’s put this race behind for now and focus on next weekend.”

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