Oct 29, 2018

Carlos Sainz, forced to retire when running 7th at the Mexican Grand Prix

  • Technical issues forced the spaniard to retire on lap 28.
  • Carlos had gained two places after a fantastic start. He was virtually leading the midfield when a technical problem switched off all the systems on his car.
  • The Renault Sport Formula One team driver had driven a perfect race prior to the failure. This problem, beyond Carlos's control, impeded him from scoring a really good result in Mexico City.


"I'm very frustrated about what happened, because we were running in the best possible position. I still don't know the reason for the failure. We are yet to investigate it, the car just switched off when entering the stadium section. It's a shame, because we are having this kind of problems in the races where we are most competitive at. We were easily controlling the race, but there's nothing you can do when things like this happen".

"I feel very comfortable at the starts. I passed Nico [Hülkenberg] purely thanks to my reaction to the lights. I overtook him on the first 100 metres, and then attacked Kimi on the inside. He went a bit wide, so I could overtake him on the inside at turn 2. Then he overtook me again down the straight, and from that moment onwards we had to focus on managing the tyres".

"We are going now to Brazil and Abu Dhabi, two tracks where the engine is more important and where there will be more high-speed corners. That means there will be fewer slow-speed corners, which are the kind of corners in which we are stronger at. Today, we lost some six or eigth points that were within our reach, but there's nothing you can do about it. Most importantly, I will remain positive. I still believe we can get some good points".

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