Carlos Sainz admits that he was disappointed to miss out on points at Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix. The Spaniard suffered from his fifth retirement of the season after an electrical problem forced him into the garage on lap 30 of the race.
Sainz was also involved in a collision with Esteban Ocon as they both battled it out for position. The 22-year-old extended his first stint on the super soft compound, looking to perfect the 'overcut'. However, an engine issue cut short his race, slashing his chances of scoring points.
"It was a very positive day for us in general – apart from the retirement," said Sainz. "I think that we were doing a very good race and we showed a much better pace than during qualifying; when it comes to races we always seem to extract a bit more out of the car. We were good for points but, unfortunately, in the end we had to retire due to an electrical issue.
"It's a real shame, as up until that point the car was responding very well to everything. The good news is that we have another race [this weekend], so we can quickly switch focus and start thinking about the Japanese GP straight away."
We were looking good for points today, but unfortunately we suffered a power unit issue. Thats racing sometimes!! pic.twitter.com/kLQ6f9gmjN— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) October 1, 2017
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