Sainz admits he “misjudged” Sochi corner that ended his race

Carlos Sainz has apologised to his team after he crashed his McLaren into a wall at Turn 2 in the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix.

Sainz ran into trouble at Turn 2 where he was forced wide into the run-off area to avoid touching a Racing Point.

He went over the orange kerb and, as per the rules, headed towards the bollards which drivers must go through before returning to the track.

Unfortunately for Sainz, he took the chicane with too much speed and his front left wheel ended up colliding with the protruding wall at the exit of the bollards.

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He subsequently spun back onto the track where his teammate, Lando Norris had to cautiously make his way through the debris, setting him back in the race.

Speaking to Sky F1 after the race, Sainz took responsibility for his disappointing DNF and criticised the layout of the corner. “I actually didn’t have a good start. The dirty side of the grid was terrible and we all were very slow off the line.

“Unfortunately in Turn 2 I had someone on the inside, I ran a bit wide and by the time I decided to go around the bollards, I went around with a very narrow angle and I misjudged my entry speed around the bollards and hit the wall pretty heavily.

“I still think that corner shouldn’t exist, it’s not a very nice corner to drive around and it generates these kind of situations but I misjudged it.”

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He also commented on Norris’ race, which didn’t give the team much to be happy about at the end of the weekend.

“It’s been a very tough day for Lando. I don’t know how the race would have been with me but unfortunately we were out of the race in Turn two and apologies for the team.”

It was a weekend to forget for McLaren, with Sainz registering a DNF and Norris only managing to finish 15th.