Sep 8, 2019

Carlos Sainz retires in Monza with a loose wheel when he was sixth

  • Carlos was forced to retire from the Italian GP in Lap 27 following an issue in his pit-stop.
  • Seventh on the Starting Grid, the McLaren driver was up to sixth in the race when the mistake happened in pits.
  • Up until then it had been an intense race for Carlos, who defended his position from faster cars and carried small damage on the floor of the MCL34 following a defensive manoeuvre.


"The mistake in my pit-stop is a shame, because it looked like we would clinch the sixth place judging but how the race had unfolded up until then. I knew that Alexander [Albon] wouldn’t be able to pass me, even though I had lost a part of my car in our contact that cost me three tenths per lap".

"There was a misunderstanding in my pit-stop. These things happen in racing. We can all make mistakes. We have to analyse what happened, learn from it and improve for the next races. This year the team has done an excellent job with the strategy and the pit-stops. We’ve secured a lot of points with them and today it wasn’t possible. We will learn from this mistake, but we don’t have to be worried. We have to keep our heads high".

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