Oct 11, 2015

Carlos Sainz abandoned in the last laps of the Russian Grand Prix

The Spanish pilot of Toro Rosso has made a great comeback, but brake problems forced him to retired when he was in the points

Carlos Sainz: "What a disappointing way to end what was being such a good race! But I have to say that I'm happy I could race after what happened yesterday. Today's was a good performance in difficult conditions. I started from P20, pushed hard and suddenly I found myself in P7... We could've even ended in P6! Towards the end of the race I was warned to look after my brakes as the temperatures were very high and I was managing to do that while still racing at a good pace. Unfortunately, with only eight laps to go the brakes said ‘enough' at Turn 13 and that was the end of my race. I have to be thankful to the whole team, they did a great job for me to be racing out there today after yesterday's crash. The car was in perfect conditions. Now I will certainly get some rest during the next couple of days!"

Franz Tost (Director del Equipo): "It was a very difficult and emotional race weekend for the team, with a lot of up and downs. Of course, Carlos' crash in yesterday's FP3 was the worst moment, especially the minutes just after the accident, when we didn't know what had happened as we lost all radio connections. Fortunately, everybody was delighted once we found out he wasn't injured and that he was in a position to race today. Carlos did a fantastic race. He was on the way to a sixth or seventh position finish, because he was 10 seconds ahead of Kvyat, who finished in P6. He had some problems with the front-left brake, which was overheating, so therefore he had to retire. Currently we don't understand how this happened, because the data shows that the brake system worked quite well from the beginning onwards, but with only ten laps to go suddenly the temperatures increased dramatically. It would've been a fantastic recovery for Carlos after yesterday's accident".

Cedrik Staudohar (Jefe de soporte en pista de Renault Sport F1): "First of all, everyone is really happy that Carlos was fine and able to participate to the race after his huge crash yesterday. I would like also to say a big thank you to our mechanics who did a great job to rebuild the car with a new power unit that worked well in the race without any issues. Obviously we are disappointed with the final results but the performance of the car in normal conditions was good, which is a positive on a demanding circuit. Reliability was also there yet again here so we have to keep it in that sweet spot until the end of the season".

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h37m11.024s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 5.953s
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 28.918s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 38.831s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 47.566s
6 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 56.508s
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m01.088s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.358s
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m19.467s
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.424s
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m31.210s
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes collision
13 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1 laps
14 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2 laps
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault
- Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault
- Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes
- Nico Rosberg Mercedes
- Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari