Sep 13, 2020

Carlos Sainz retires from Mugello: "We will have to talk about what happened in the restart"

Mugello, Sunday 13th September 2020
- Race: DNF

  • Carlos Sainz was fighting for the fifth place after an outstanding start from P9 when a light contact with another car going into the second corner ended up in a spin. He was then fifteenth.
  • In the restart behind the Safety-Car, the McLaren driver got caught in a melee originated during the regrouping of the grid prior to the green flag.

"Well, first of all I'm glad everyone is okay after such a dangerous accident. That’s the main thing. We really need to look into what happened and figure out what triggered the whole situation to make sure it never happens again. It’s not the first time these restarts get dangerous when you are at the mid-to-back of the field and something needs to be done".

"On the positive side, I got a good start. It was a day to take risks and try to go forward at the start because the pace all weekend hasn’t been great. Unfortunately, I had a slight contact with a Racing Point, fighting for P5 into turn 3, which sent me into a spin. We still had the whole race ahead of us and from P15 at the restart I could have fought into the points. Unfortunately, we never got to race again this afternoon".

"I want to thank the mechanics and the entire team for all their effort after doing nine races in eleven weekends".

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