Jun 11, 2017

Carlos Sainz retires in the opening lap of the Canadian GP

He went into the barriers at Turn 3 after being involved in a crash

Montréal, June 11th 2017.- Carlos Sainz’s appearance at the Canadian Grand Prix was much shorter than what he would have liked. The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso retired during the opening lap of the race after being involved in a crash going into Turn 3. This was his second retirement of the season.

The city of Montreal was home today to the seventh round of the calendar in the urban circuit of the Gilles Villeneuve. Carlos was supposed to fight from the thirteenth spot of the grid, from where he had planned an aggressive afternoon in his determination to return to the points.

When the lights went off, Carlos made a trouble-free start on brand new ultrasoft tyres. He successfully defended his position going into Turn 1, where all cars packed-up due to the accordion effect. Nevertheless, in the tight and twisty straight that went into Turn 3, the Spaniard’s racing line crossed with Haas’ Romain Grosjean’s and both cars touched.

After the crash, Carlos lost control of his car and became a passenger in his STR12. His car advanced until it abruptly crashed into the walls at Turn 3. Although it was a tough incident, the driver was not injured. The Toro Rosso also touched Felipe Massa’s Williams on his way to the barriers. The Brazilian also retired. 

Carlos expressed his views as he attended the press. "We didn’t lose nor gain any positions at the start. I took the outside line at Turn 2, trying to overtake Fernando. I left the corner side by side with him. I didn’t see what happened later on. After watching the replay, I have seen that there was a Haas at my right. It was at an invisible angle to me. I didn’t see him at any moment. We touched and from then on I was a passenger. I touched Felipe. It was a strong hit against the wall, but luckily nothing happened", Carlos said.

The balance of the weekend can’t be good, but Carlos is already thinking in the following Grand Prix. "The weekend didn’t start fine, first with Free Practice 1 then with yesterday’s Qualifying. This things can happen when you start from the midfield. It’s time to move on. Baku is not the ideal circuit for us, but I am sure that many things can happen there and we will fight to make the most of them".

Formula 1 will be on the move once again in 14 days’ time. It will be at the fast urban circuit of Baku, in Azerbaijan, from June 23rd to 25th. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos’ evolution via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.