Carlos Sainz was again the victim of retirement at the Emilia Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday. The Spanish driver initially failed to get off the line at the start and was then hit by Daniel Ricciardo, ending his race in the gravel trap on the very first lap, the Spaniard was quick to point the finger at Ricciardo.
Carlos Sainz was already unhappy in Melbourne a fortnight ago when he was forced to retire after a mistake on the second lap. The Ferrari driver had completely missed his braking at Turn 9 and shot straight into the grass before his car crossed the track and crashed into the gravel trap. At the start of Q2 at Imola on Friday, the Spaniard also made a mistake and crashed his car into the wall at Turn 18.
Despite starting from fourth place on Sunday, Carlos Sainz did not make a very good start and was passed by Norris. He was then hit by Ricciardo (who started P6) at Tamburello and ended up stuck in the gravel trap.
The Ferrari driver made no secret of his disappointment after his second consecutive retirement:
“It was a tough start as you could see but there were still 63 laps to go, and even losing a position to a McLaren like Lando [Norris] or whatever, it’s still a long race to go, especially in these conditions.”
“But unfortunately I think I gave Daniel a lot of space on the inside, but he decided to get on the kerbs, hit me and that was it for my race. Very unlucky – nothing I could do differently but that’s how it is.”
“It’s difficult,” added Sainz. “I’m not happy, and it’s hard to go through this, especially in a home race like this with all the tifosi, with their support, we wanted to do a good race for them. Yes, as I said, the start was not great; we will analyse why, the race was still long but I was the unlucky one who paid for someone else’s mistake. That’s how it is.”
His team-mate Charles Leclerc was certainly not able to cheer him up, as the latter, although well positioned to make a podium, spun on lap 53 and could only finish the race in sixth place.