Carlos Sainz admitted after the race, which he concluded in the beginning in the sand, that the difficulties throughout the race weekend had cost him the opportunity to fight for today's victory.
The Spaniard started the race only from ninth place after having a lot of problems in qualifying. His first fast lap in Q3 was interrupted just at the end due to the red flag. His last attempt, however, began with a delay after he had trouble starting the car.
He had no more luck on Sunday. Even before the start of the race, the mechanics had to replace the steering wheel. Then he had problems at the start which caused him to slip to fourteenth place. When he tried to overtake Mick Schumacher in the ninth turn, he drove onto the grass, spun and got stuck in the sand.
“We had similar problems with the steering wheel as yesterday. Quite a few buttons didn't work, ”Sainz told reporters after the race.
"It was necessary to change the steering wheel quickly, but it was not the best set up, so we had a lot of problems at the start."
“I was behind and wanted to get some places back as soon as possible. I made a mistake, as the tires may not have been properly prepared for overtaking. I misjudged the grip, made a mistake and resigned. ”
"It's a bad weekend for me. As a team, we have made quite a few mistakes that we now need to analyze and learn from. ”
The Spaniard is of the opinion that he could finish at least in fourth place today. Without yesterday's problems, he could even fight for victory.
"With this car, I could break into at least fourth place in the worst case scenario today. But if we didn't have any problems yesterday, we could also fight for victory. "
“I am very disappointed to leave Melbourne without points. We need to do our job better as a team in the future. ”
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