He was racing in fifth place after a perfect start
Mexico City, October 29th 2017.- Carlos Sainz was forced to retire from the Mexico GP for caution, after suffering car-damage in the second lap of the race. The driver of Renault Sport F1 Team was up to fifth at the end of the first lap, but had to pit in the second one and that compromised his chances of scoring a good result.
The Mexico GP was held in sunny conditions, with an air temperature of 23 degrees and the track at 43. It almost was a sell-out at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with one of the most passionate fanbases in the world. Carlos started from eighth on a set of ultrasoft tyres. The opening lap was chaotic, but the Spaniard handled the situation and managed to gain three spots to put himself fifth at the end of the first lap. It all changed for the worse in the second lap, when he had an issue on the first sector. He had to pit earlier than expected and that compromised the rest of his race.
The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team was then on soft tyres and racing in seventeenth place. Carlos wanted to continue in the race to gain experience in his new car, but fighting back was almost impossible.
In Lap 33, Carlos pitted for ultrasoft tyres during a Virtual Safety-Car period. But the car was not working perfectly and the team chose to retire it with 12 laps to go.
Carlos feels bittersweet about his retirement, but now looks forward to the next event on the calendar.
“Today’s race was a disappointment, because our start was very good. We recovered some positions and had a strong chance to finish in the points, but on the second lap I felt something weird in the car and I had an issue on the first sector. We pitted, but there was nothing we could do. We raced in the back and our car was damaged”, he said.
“We chose to retire for caution, because I felt something strange with the steering-wheel. I am sorry for the team, but I am already thinking about Brazil and Abu Dhabi. We have a strong chance in these two events. The car has shown that it has Q3 potential, so we will give our very best to maximize it”.
Formula One will travel south to the city of Sao Paulo, to the Autodromo José Carlos Pace at the historic Interlagos. The Brazilian GP will be held on November 11th, 12th and 13th. We will keep you updated on Carlos as always via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.