He was seventh and aspired to a point-finish performance according to the predictions of the team
Sepang, October 1st 2017.- Carlos Sainz couldn’t finish the race at the Malaysia Grand Prix, where he suffered a technical issue on his Toro Rosso STR12. The Spaniard had recovered many spots and was driving in seventh when reliability struck and caused his retirement.
The Malaysian race was held in dry conditions, despite the cloudy sky and the torrential rain that this country is known for. The pit-stop moment was crucial for all drivers, since choosing the right moment to stop was the key to advance through the field.
Carlos, fourteenth in the Starting Grid, started well and maintained his position. From then on, he took care of his supersoft tyres to try and take on his rivals in a later stage of the race, while sustaining a competitive pace on his supersoft rubber.
Lap after lap, the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso displayed his strategy and moved up to seventh as his rivals pitted for fresher tyres. Nevertheless, an issue related to the power unit forced him to retire in Lap 30. In his final laps, he struggled with the severe wear of his Pirelli P Zero.
As he returned to the paddock, Carlos attended the members of the press. "Today we were doing a very good race, so it is a shame that we had this engine issue. We had a very good pace on supersofts, better than what we expected, and we had the chance to make a one-stopper strategy work, to try and take the Renaults and the McLarens, who would have been on older tyres. Today we had the opportunity to score points, something that wasn’t in our plans".
The Spaniard was still optimistic. "Our last race simulations said that we would be in the points, so we must consider this a positive day for the team. It is a shame, because Williams has scored many points and we’ve had this issue. But the next race is in seven days. I’m already thinking about our recovery. What happened was beyond our control and we were doing a good job. We must get over this disappointment and think about Suzuka, one of my favorite circuits", he concluded.
As Carlos said, Formula 1 won’t rest a bit. In seven days time, the sport will visit Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.