Nov 12, 2017

Carlos Sainz barely misses points in Brazil despite an incident at the start

The Spaniard is satisfied with the experience gathered throughout the weekend

Sao Paulo, November 12th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished eleventh at the 2017 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix, held this afternoon at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team fought for points, but he barely missed the Top 10 by only 6.5 seconds after suffering car damage on the floor of his RS17 from the very first lap. Carlos leaves Sao Paulo with 71 more laps of experience which will help him in his arrival at the Enstone-based team.
Sunday was rainless at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. The sun presided the sky and provided the hottest weather conditions of the weekend, with an air temperature of 27 degrees and 60 degrees on the track.

This was not a problem for Carlos Sainz, who did a perfect start from the eighth place of the grid. He was seventh as he approached Turn 1, but he had to avoid Felipe Massa going into Turn 2. He took a wide racing line, but still suffered the impact of the Williams. In the collision, a wheel of the Williams damaged the barge-boards and the right-end of the floor of the Renault RS17. Carlos fell to ninth and lost downforce points.

Safety-Car was out for marshals to clear the debris on track. Cars went through the pits as race-officials cleared the racing-track. Carlos did a good restart, but Lewis Hamilton in Lap 9 and Daniel Ricciardo in Lap 14 overtook him in the main-straight of Interlagos due to the difference in terms of Top Speed.

The Spaniard waited 34 laps before visiting the pits for his first and only tyre change, moving from the supersoft compound to the soft. He left the garage on fourteenth place, but managed to overtake a few cars to reclaim the eleventh place, which he held on to until the chequered flag.

The Spaniard feels it was a constructive race. “I am happy with the race, because we have done 71 laps and I’ve gathered more experience. It is a shame, because my start was really good. I overtook Nico and then I almost passed Fernando [Alonso], but then I was pushed out in Turn 2 and Massa touched me. This damaged slightly the floor of my car and some aero-pieces”.

Still, I leave Brazil with many positives. It’s been the first race in which I’ve started to feel comfortable with the car. Now I understand it a bit better. Now we will go to Abu Dhabi, where we will try to test some pieces to finish the year and learn things for 2018”, he said.

Formula 1 will travel now to the Middle East for the last event of the 2017 World Championship: the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Yas Marina Circuit will host the race from November 24th to 26th. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.