Oct 13, 2019

Carlos Sainz finishes fifth in Japan and moves up to sixth at the Championship

  • Seventh at the Starting Grid, the McLaren driver passed Alexander Albon at the start and then moved up to fourth after a contact between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.
  • The Spaniard decided together with his team to stick to a one-stop strategy when the leaders and his direct competitors were committing to a two-stopper.
  • He defended his track position from Red Bull's Alexander Albon during the first part of the race.
  • Carlos was able to attack on medium tyres after his pit-stop. He defended from Charles Leclerc’s recovery drive, who in the end gave up and changed strategies following the Spaniard’s solid pace.
  • With today’s fifth place, the McLaren driver scores another 10 points to get 76 in total and move up to sixth in the Drivers’ Championship with four races to go.


"Today we were really fast. I felt very comfortable throughout the weekend. Many cars took the outside line at the start, but I committed to the inside. It turned out well, because I was up to fourth by Turn 2".

"It was clear to me that we had to go for a long stint on soft tyres. It made our life easier in the second half of the race. When the team asked me to push because Leclerc was closing in, my pace was really strong. Matching the pace of a Red Bull and a Ferrari is something we hadn’t done in any other Grand Prix, so today’s result is even more special. I congratulate the entire team for their work and commitment. It was a solid weekend. The only negative thing is that we couldn’t score points with Lando’s car because of an unfortunate situation. The team deserved it".

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