Francorchamps, 30th August 2020
- Race: DNS
- A technical issue related to the power united evolved into a broken exhaust, impeding Carlos Sainz from taking the start at the Belgian GP.
- It was the engine that the McLaren driver had raced in Spain following the cooling issues that the previous unit had experienced in Silverstone.
- The issue appeared 30 minutes before the start and there was no time in the clock to get it fixed for the Grand Prix.
- It is the second unfortunate Belgian GP in a row for Carlos, who in 2019 couldn’t take part in the race neither due to another technical glitch.
"It was very hard not being able to take the start of the Belgian GP, because today we had a very good opportunity to score a good result from the seventh place of the grid. I smelt something strange in the car during my second lap to the grid and I saw smoke coming out of the exhaust on my rear-view mirrors. The exhaust was broken, but the issue started in the engine. I am not happy, because I have missed one of my favourite races for the second year in a row because of a technical issue. It is not the first one we experience this season, but there is nothing we can do in that situation. We will dig into the issue to try and prevent it from happening again next week, but we haven’t had the season we deserved so far".
Italian GP, Monza – 4th-6th September 2020