GPI 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix | Page 146

PENALTY B ahrain Grand Prix stewards handed Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Russia after race he clattered into the Williams of Lance Stroll during the race in Manama. Sainz and Stroll collided as they both aimed for the same piece of tarmac in Turn 1 at the start of lap 12, with the Toro Rosso driver, fresh from a pit stop, slamming into the side of the Williams. FIA stewards studied the incident and concluded: “Video evidence showed that car 18 [Stroll] was on the normal racing line. Car 55 [Sainz] left the pit lane and made a very optimistic attempt to pass car 18 into the corner. The stewards decided that the driver of car 55 was predominantly to blame for causing the collision…” Teenage rookie Stroll, who has yet to finish a grand prix, explained, “I saw Sainz coming out of the pitlane, I was 50 or 60 metres in front of him in the braking zone, and was already turning in and he drove into my side.” “There is not much else to say, as I have just seen the video and it was ridiculous. I think the race wasn’t going badly. I had a bad start and lost a couple of positions, but boxed early and had a really good beginning to the stint on the soft tyres.” “I am just disappointed and hope my luck turns round sometime soon. I can be frustrated, but it won’t get me anywhere. On the bright side there are many races to go.” Sainz was also given three penalty points on his license, bringing his total for the 12 month period to seven. If a driver accrues 12 penalty points in a 12-month period they will have their Super Licence suspended for one race.