Carlos Sainz's mistake in a curve “that is not well designed”

Carlos Sainz's mistake in a curve “that is not well designed”

The abandonment in Sochi on the first lap marks the third in the last four races for the McLaren leader.

Carlos Sainz's mistake in a curve

The impact against the concrete slab shattered the front of the McLaren. It was a hard blow for the aspirations of Carlos Sainz , knocked out in the first lap after a miscalculation in turn 2. “I had to go over the sausage to avoid the penalty and I misjudged the speed on the bollards,” he valued the Spaniard, logically frustrated after his third retirement in the last four races.

“It was my mistake, but that curve is not well designed. Something similar happened to me on Friday, during the first free practice. The angle is extremely closed for that position,” Sainz analyzed into the Movistar F1 microphones. No doubt he also remembered the problems suffered in that same area by Romain Grosjean . In the final leg of the race, the Frenchman de Haas took the indication bollards ahead when he battled Sebastian Vettel for fifteenth place.

In any case, Sainz still does not find in this championship the consistency shown throughout 2019. After the breakdown at Spa and the chilling accident at Mugello, the McLaren leader returns home again with a devastating zero. Eleventh place in the World Cup, four points behind Pierre Gasly , should not satisfy your aspirations.

“I've gone pretty bad”

And that the performance of the MCL-35 over the weekend, with sixth place on the grid augured a totally different Sunday. “I came out quite badly. The right side was very dirty and all of us who went around have cost us a lot,” recalled Carlos, who delayed the braking in the first corner before the siege of Lando Norris . Embedded in a risk zone, with Sergio PĂ©rez on the prowl, the excursion through the escape route ended in the worst possible way.

“Bad shot for the weekend. It was a strong blow, but I am fine, although disappointed for the team,” concluded Sainz in a brief statement via Twitter. The bad news for McLaren culminated in 15th place for Norris, who at least maintains his fourth place in the World Championship, one point higher than the disappointing Alexander Albon .

The double zero on the shores of the Black Sea was the first in the World Cup for the Woking team, which is now surrounded by Racing Point and Renault. For now, the team led by Andreas Seidl maintains third place, with 106 points, two and five more than their immediate pursuers.

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