Sep 30, 2018

Carlos Sainz, compromised after being hit by a rival at the Russian GP

  • Carlos was hit by Sergey Sirotkin at the start of the Russian GP
  • The contact damaged his Renault R.S.18, which lost over a second per lap from the very beginning of the race.
  • The Spaniard had started on soft tyres and thought points were a reasonable goal for the day.
  • Well aware of the fact that his race had been compromised, he tried to help his teammate to maximize the options of his team.


"I did a good start, better than the cars that I had in front, which were on hypersoft tyres. I passed a couple of them going into the braking zone, but then [Sergey] Sirotkin hit me. I didn’t notice it at first, but he took away my sidepod and he damaged the right side of my floor".

"My floor was scratched. By Turn 3 I could already tell that the car was not going well. I lost a lot of downforce and the car started to have oversteering. It was hard to take. From then on, I tried to stay on track in front of the Haas and the Saubers, just so that Nico [Hülkenberg} could open a gap".

"I knew there was nothing I could do. Points were impossible. I was one second slower per lap during the rest of the race".

"Had the car been fine, I think we could have scored points. Nico was pretty close. Maybe I could have stayed in front of the Haas and Force Indias. It is disappointing, but these things can happen sometimes. Now we must move on and focus on Japan, which is next week".

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