The United States Grand Prix saw an interesting clash between Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz and Mercedes youngster George Russell.
Russell nudged polesitter Sainz into a spin which ended up sending the Spanish driver to the back of the field.
The damage that was caused to his car was so bad that he was forced to retire at the end of the lap.
At the time, Russell was given a 5-second penalty which was applied during his first pit stop.
The British driver went on to claim fifth place by the end of the race, with his own performance also suffering as a result of the early collision and damage to his car’s front wing.
Sainz confessed that Russell was let off the hook far too easily and demanded a more strict penalty to be dished out to the Mercedes man.
He was, however, pleased that Russell took the time out to apologise to him after the race.
What did Sainz say?
“Of course, it always honours the guy who does that straight away after the race,” said Sainz.
“I always respect that. It doesn’t mean that I am happy. I think that the FIA also maybe was a bit easy on him for the consequences that happened.
“I don’t think I could have done something very different. I was in the middle of a battle with Max [Verstappen], Max went long and obviously had to brake a lot at the exit of the corner.
“We were both already getting out of the corner while George I think hadn’t even done the corner and bumped into me, which is a shame.
“It’s the kind of incident that you expect to see more in the midfield, when there’s so many cars around you. But in the top four, I’ve never seen that incident happen that often.
“That’s why I was so frustrated after the race. I obviously accepted George’s apologies because it was good by him. But yeah, it was nothing I could have done.”
“It was one of the toughest moments of the season,” he later said. “Very disappointing, because after doing a perfect weekend up until then for your race to be ruined by something out of your control is really tough.
“It’s been also a few times this year, which makes it particularly frustrating to not do races, because it’s what we all go to those places to do. But it’s how it goes sometimes in motorsport, or in life, you go through rough patches and other easier ones.
“It seems that this year, everything that could happen to me, it’s happening. I hope I can get them all out of the way this year for next year to have a smooth one.”
Sainz happy to prove critics wrong
Sainz was happy that he was able to prove his credentials and show not only his team but also fans that he was capable of getting pole position even in dry weather conditions.
“On the positive side, the fact that I have the speed is the thing that leaves me a lot more calm about this year.
“The fact that I managed to come back through a very difficult start to the season and still managed to re-do myself, re-invent myself with my driving style, with my car, with my set-up, to all of a sudden be in the fight with the two guys that are most in form in F1 right now, that is Charles [Leclerc] and Max.
“Beating them to pole and fighting with them for pole is what leaves me calmer about the whole situation. If they’re going to keep bumping into me in turn ones or I’m going to keep DNF’ing for whatever reasons, it’s frustrating, but not for long, when I know if I have the speed.
“Normally the sport gives you back what you what it takes from you sooner or later. So I’m going to take the positives in that sense.”