Carlos Sainz blatantly blames parade car oil leak for the Las Vegas GP lap-one chaos
Carlos Sainz had a fascinating outings during the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix.
Carlos Sainz at Monza (Via IMAGO)
The inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix is out of the way, but the flames around it have still not been extinguished. At the start of the 50-lap race, there was a huge crash going into Turn 1 that saw Carlos Sainz crashing and making contact with Lewis Hamilton: quite a few others also had spins/touches at that moment.
The start was full of fireworks as several drivers saw themselves tumbling down the order. Fernando Alonso also saw himself getting into a spin and making contact with a fast-approaching Valtteri Bottas. Because of the chaos, several drivers had to dive into the pits for various reasons.
With the event out of the way, Carlos Sainz, while shedding light on the reasons for the Turn 1 mess, said, as reported by racingnews365;
I saw a lot of oil from the cars that we use to do a drivers' parade which is another thing for the FIA to look at. It is not fair that all the oil was on the inside line.
The Spaniard has blatantly blamed on the oil that was left on the track by the driver parade cars.
[With] the dirty track already being there and on top of that, we put cars that are leaking oil into the track one hour before the race. It's unacceptable and it probably caused a lot of the crashes into Turn 1.
Carlos Sainz was able to manage a P6 finish at the Las Vegas GP
While Carlos Sainz has urged the FIA to look at the problem that caused the turn 1 chaos, he overall, had a decent outing during the 50-lap event. After his crash, Sainz was able to make a decent recovery that helped him end his exploits with a respectable sixth-place finish behind Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll.
On the back of Ferrari’s SF-23, Sainz was able to make a terrific recovery that saw him picking off his fellow competitors one by one. Moreover, had he got a few more laps remaining, he could have pushed Stroll into making an error and taken the fifth place away from him. His teammate, Charles Leclerc ended his exploits in P2.
With the Las Vegas carnival out of the way, the F1 extravaganza is now going to shift to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Carlos Sainz has had a brilliant 2023 campaign and he would look to close out the season at the Yas Marina Circuit with a podium finish.
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