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Carlos Sainz blames ‘optimistic’ Oscar Piastri for Turn 1 clash

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz each advised the opposite had been at fault for his or her collision on the Belgian Grand Prix.

Piastri’s hopes of replicating his podium heroics from Saturday’s dash had been undone instantly when he was struck on the left-hand facet by Sainz, who had locked up underneath braking on the strategy to La Supply.

Piastri’s front-right tyre then clipped the within wall, breaking the McLaren’s suspension and resulting in his retirement a couple of corners later.

The hit left Sainz’s Ferrari with a big gap within the sidepod and he would retire from the race 22 laps later.

Requested who was responsible, Piastri stated: “I feel it is fairly firmly within the class of a lap 1, Flip 1 incident.

“I acquired a great begin, acquired my nostril alongside, once we acquired to the braking zone Carlos moved to the suitable and locked up, I additionally needed to try to keep away from {that a} bit, after which from there to the apex my choices had been fairly restricted in the place I can go.”

He added: “I feel from Carlos’ standpoint the transfer to the suitable shocked me a bit, then for myself, from there I used to be fairly restricted. Possibly I may have damaged later and been extra alongside, however it’s very straightforward to say that with hindsight.”

The injury led to a scary second for Piastri as he slowly drove by the fearsome Eau Rouge nook with a broken automotive.

“It wasn’t enjoyable, that is for positive,” the Australian stated of the expertise. “I feel I used to be fairly fortunate that everybody acquired round me earlier than Eau Rouge then the way in which the steering was I type of managed to get to the left facet of the observe earlier than the underside of Eau Rouge, so from that time it was OK.”

“But it surely’s not very enjoyable going round a barely curved straight if you could not steer.”

Sainz felt Piastri’s transfer had been too formidable.

“I feel I used to be on the assault with Lewis and just about had the transfer down into flip 1, made the apex cleanly, however sadly Oscar was attempting to do a little bit of an optimistic transfer on me I feel,” Sainz stated.

“A little bit of a disgrace as a result of if you evaluate the previous races right here in Spa and what has been a typical flip 1 incident it is precisely that, everybody who tries the within line in flip 1 and tries to make it round there usually generates an incident or a crash and



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