Jun 19, 2016

Carlos Sainz retires with suspension and temperatures issues in Baku

He had reached P8 before finishing his race due to mechanical difficulties

Baku, June 19th 2016.- The European Grand Prix was an obstacle run for Carlos Sainz, who fought against all odds in an unsucessful pursuit for points. The Spaniard had to retire in the end with a suspension problem on his Toro Rosso, but he also suffered another issue related to his car's temperature that forced him to turn down the power from his Ferrari engine from the very beginning of the race. His dissappointment was obvious, but now he looks ahead to the Austrian GP.

The Spaniard started from the 18th spot on the grid, affected by a gearbox change that gave him a five-place penalty for today's race. Points were his ultimate goal, but that was always an ambitious aim considering how hard it was for the STR11 to perform well in a track that didn't suit its strenghts. Still, Carlos was able to run up to eighth.

The Spaniard from Scuderia Toro Rosso started on a used set of the supersoft tyres, on which he did seven laps and moved up to 15th. He then stopped to try the undercut on the cars ahead, just as he did in Canada. He went for the soft option and did 23 laps on it, climbing up to eighth. Then he chose the supersoft compound, but on the fourth lap of that run he had to retire with a suspension-related problem.

Talking to the media, Carlos explained that that was not the only setback he had to face today:

"I used the same brakes I run yesterday; I didn't have much confidence in them. In Lap 2 we had a temperature issue and we had to lower the power from our engine. I did the whole race with less power, but still was able to recover and be in the points. We must check if retirement was 100% related to the suspensions, but this was a trouble-filled weekend and that is what kept as away from a better result. On a personal note, I couldn't have done much more".

"We had done three very good races. For a reason or another, this weekend things didn't turn out our way. But that doesn't mean that can't be inversed in the future. It was not the ideal Grand Prix, but I was doing a very good race with less power. We had been recovering, but with 21 races in the calendar it was obvious that in one of them things were going to go bad".

"It's better to have this kind of situations here, in a circuit where we already knew we weren't going to be competitive. Constructors P5 seems to be more difficult now as Force India is very strong, but we'll fight again and I'm sure we'll recover".

The next round on the calendar is the Austrian Grand Prix, to be held in two-weeks’ time at Red Bull's home: the Red Bull Ring.