Carlos Sainz Jnr has been given a three-place grid penalty for impeding Alexander Albon during qualifying.
“Albon was on a fast lap when he closed the gap to Sainz, who was driving slowly on the racing line at turn two. Sainz was on the radio with the Team, talking about tyres. The team’s warning about Albon approaching was given too late. Because of this, Albon had to abort his lap
The McLaren driver originally qualified ninth with Kevin Magnussen, Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat the next three drivers behind him.
Sainz said he was unhappy with his performance in Q3 after an error spoiled his final run.
“Obviously I’m very unhappy with my Q3 mistake,” he said. “I knew I had an 11.5 on the table because it’s what I did in Q2. And I knew I needed to do an 11.4, 11.3 to get within the Renault reach.
“I got too greedy into turn eight, locked up the wheels, and I didn’t even set a lap in Q3 so I’m disappointed for that. I wanted that 11.3, 11.4 and in the end I have a 13.6.”
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