WATCH: McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Sums Up His Sakhir GP Race In The Weirdest Way Possible

Published 12/08/2020, 1:10 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. after qualifying in eighth position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


Carlos Sainz drove a powerful race at the Sakhir Grand Prix as he finished P4 after 87 enduring laps. However, Carlos Sainz termed his race last weekend as a bitter finish and rues the fact that he missed a podium opportunity.

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Carlos Sainz expressed his missed emotions in one of the weirdest ways after crossing the finishing line. A bit of happiness and a bit of a disappointment for the Spaniard at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

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McLaren boss Andreas Seidl believes that the late safety car in Sakhir Grand Prix denied Sainz a podium finish. Carlos was on the hunt for the podium while on his last set of tyres as the safety car neutralized his attack.

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Carlos Sainz failed to make the most of his eventful start

Carlos Sainz had a quick start off the grid as he squeezed into P3. However, the Spaniard failed to convert his powerful start into a podium finish.

He said, “The podium was very very close the whole way but unfortunately, we couldn’t make it happen. The start was obviously eventful, and I managed to squeeze into P3”

The team decided to go on a two-stop strategy. After the last safety car, Sainz appears to have lost a lot each lap behind the Mercedes. In the end, Sainz missed the podium by a very small margin.

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Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates after winning the race with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

“I drove my heart out there today and did everything I could to get it. It’s frustrating, but at the same time we’ve been beaten by cars that were a bit luckier today and also a bit faster the whole weekend,” he further added.

Carlos admitted that he was disappointed, but he needs to move on to the next race. He stated that he is going to fight till the last chequered flag. Meanwhile, he congratulated Sergio on his win as he focuses on the last race of the season.

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Carlos Sainz will drive his last race for McLaren at Abu Dhabi. Sainz is making a move to Ferrari next year,  replacing Sebastian Vettel. He will hope that Ferrari’s power unit woes end as he begins the new chapter of his Formula 1 career.

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