Nov 17, 2019

Carlos Sainz clinches first Formula One podium at Brazil GP

  • Historic comeback drive from Carlos in Interlagos: from the last place of the grid to the third place of the podium.
  • The McLaren driver becomes the fourth Spanish driver to score a podium finish. It is the first one for the Woking-based team since the 2014 Australian GP.
  • He recovered seven places in just five laps, facing the pit-stop window in thirteenth place.
  • Carlos stuck to a one-stop strategy when his rivals switched to a two-stopper, putting together a 42-lap stint on mediums and facing two restarts behind the Safety-Car.
  • The Spaniard made the most of his old tyres to avoid the different incidents that happened on track, crossing the line in fourth place and moving up to third following a five-second penalty on Lewis Hamilton.

QUOTES:

"Podium! It’s a bit weird not being there straight after the race to grab the trophy, but I am extremely happy with our race today. We came back from last to third and we fought until the end with all we had. Today we have done something big and we can feel proud about it".

"I was the only one to stick to a one-stop strategy. We thought it was the best option, because since we were starting from the back we had to do the opposite thing than our rivals. Everything we did today turned out well. Everything went perfect. The pass on Perez in the first corner, then defending from Räikkönen… Congratulations to the entire team!".

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