Monaco Grand Prix – Carlos Sainz Jr. was delighted to hold off Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to claim sixth place on the streets of Monaco.
The Toro Rosso driver followed up his sixth-place qualifying effort by translating it into a sixth-place finish, despite some late-race pressure from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
After holding off Force India’s Sergio Perez at the start of the race, Sainz went on record his best finish of the season to equal his best ever result in Formula One.
“What a result, what a perfect weekend! We need to enjoy this moment, because it’s not usual to achieve a faultless Grand Prix on the streets of Monaco – and this time we did,” said Sainz.
“We put in good laps in practice, in yesterday’s qualifying session and, in today’s race, we were able to keep a World Champion in a faster car behind and finish P6 – it definitely feels so good.
“We’ve also been quicker than the rest of the midfield throughout the whole weekend and I’d like to thank the whole team for this, they gave me a very good car to drive.
“I really enjoyed today’s race – now it’s time to celebrate this well-deserved result with the team before starting to think about the Canadian GP, which is up next!”
By contrast, team-mate Daniil Kvyat endured a frustrating race. After losing two places at the start, the Russian had managed to recover to run in P9 until he was taken out of the race following an audacious overtaking move on Sergio Perez at Rascasse.
“How annoying! Unfortunately, Perez just drove into me, trying a very desperate move, and he ruined our race,” said Kvyat.
“It’s even more frustrating because I was feeling good in the car, it was just getting better and better and until that moment I was fighting for points, running in P9.
It’s been a challenging weekend, but it could’ve ended up with a positive outcome if the crash hadn’t happened – every time we were in free air we were very competitive.”