Carlos Sainz Jnr says problems on Saturday and Sunday in Melbourne cost him the chance to fight for victory.
“We had again a problem with the steering wheel, a similar problem to yesterday,” he explained. “There was a few buttons that were not working.
“We had to change the steering wheel and it meant that the steering wheel was not well positioned for the start and we triggered anti-stall in both starts because of the clutch and the torque.”
He spun off at turn 10 while trying to pass Mick Schumacher. “I was on the back foot and I tried to make up the places in the first three laps and I clearly made a mistake when the tyre was probably not ready to to start overtaking,” said Sainz. “I misjudged the grip and I made a mistake which caused me the retirement.
“So clearly not perfect, I haven’t been perfect this weekend. We haven’t been perfect as a team, clearly, and we need to analyse what we did wrong and see if we can come back better.”
Sainz believes he could have finished at least fourth and would have been in contention for victory without yesterday’s setback.
“For sure this car, in the worst possible scenario today, was to do top four with a good comeback. Without the issues of yesterday, without the issues of today, we should have been on the fight for the win.
“So to go away with zero points is very disappointing. We need to be more perfect as a team and this weekend we clearly haven’t been.”
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