Nov 29, 2020

Carlos Sainz recovers to P5 in Bahrain: "We could have fought for P4 with a better pit-stop”

Sakhir, Sunday 29th November 2020
- Race: P5, 57 laps

  • Carlos Sainz finished fifth in the Bahrain GP after a comeback drive from P15 on the grid. He passed two cars in each start and fought wheel to wheel to advance through the field.
  • The McLaren driver even fought for P4, but he missed that chance in his final pit-stop, which was slower than expected.
  • With today’s result, McLaren moves up to third in the Constructors’ Championship.
  • Romain Grosjean’s heavy crash compromised the race and suspended the action for two hours as marshals worked to repair the damaged track barriers.

"First of all, the most important thing today is that Grosjean is OK. It was a massive relief to see him jump out of the car after such a scary accident".

"I think this is the hardest reminder of how dangerous motorsport is. Despite the incredible safety measures we have nowadays, our lives are still at risk every weekend when driving these beasts to the limit. This has to be respected"-

"On the positive side, what happened today underlines the great job of Formula 1 and the FIA to keep making the cars safer every year. I think no one will dare to criticize the halo, for example, after what we’ve seen tonight. I also want to highlight the job of the marshals and our pit crews. They may not drive the cars, but they are equally exposed to big risks and they are key to protect us all".

"Finally, it has been impressive to watch the commitment of Ian Roberts and Alan van der Merwe, who have exposed themselves without hesitation to help Romain. Watching that makes me sleep better at night knowing we are in good hands".

"I hope Romain has a quick recovery from his injuries and that the Haas team, and all of F1 including fans, can move on as soon as possible from this bad experience".

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