Sainz handed Canadian GP grid penalty

Canadian Grand Prix – Carlos Sainz has been handed a three-place grid drop for impeding another driver during qualifying.

The McLaren driver had looked strong during Friday practice, and – along with team-mate Lando Norris – managed to progress into Q3, giving McLaren their second double-Q3 appearance of the season.

However, he was judged to have blocked Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon during the first part of qualifying, with replays showing the McLaren getting in the way in turns one and two.

Both men progressed from Q1, but the blocking offence still applies, and the three-place grid drop had demoted him to 12th place, although he gains a position due to Kevin Magnussen starting from the pit lane after his Q2 crash.

Speaking after qualifying, Sainz said he was disappointed with his Q3 run as he wanted a higher qualifying position to counteract the grid penalty.

“Overall, we can be satisfied with having both cars in Q3, which was one of the targets of the weekend,” said Sainz.

“However, I made a mistake on my last run in Q3 and didn’t put together the lap we deserved today, which is a shame and I’m sorry for the team. I wanted to put the car as high as possible but these things can happen when pushing the limits of the track.

“Tomorrow we’re not starting where we wanted because of a penalty which is disappointing, but I’m confident we have a good chance of moving forwards and getting some points.

“Our pace was encouraging so I look forward to tomorrow. I like this track and we’ll be ready to grab any opportunity out there.”

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