Carlos Sainz has retained his excellent sixth place for Toro Rosso, despite being given a reprimand by the stewards for leaving the pitlane while the red light was still on before the race.
“The driver did leave the pitlane when the red light was displayed, a reprimand was applied due to the fact that the driver stopped the car and did not gain any advantage,” the stewards said.
It came on a day when taken out of his intense battle with Max Verstappen, Sainz scored a fantastic sixth place at his home Grand Prix, beating his new teammate in the process. The Spaniard was running third at the restart of the race, but dropped down the field unable to keep with the pace of the Ferrari and Williams.
“What a fantastic race! We finally put a whole weekend together – we had a productive Friday, were fast in Quali and had good pace in the race today – and I’m a very happy man!
“P6 is an amazing result for me and the team, and to achieve this at my home race makes it even better. The start to the race was great, I think I did one of the best race starts of my life to be honest, running in a podium position and battling with Ferrari… Those first laps were really nice!
“I felt comfortable during the rest of the race, the team did a very good job with the pitstops and I had a big smile on my face when I crossed the line in sixth position. I’d like to thank all the fans that have shown their support all weekend here in Barcelona, especially to those who came to my grandstand at Turn 12, they really gave me an extra boost.
“I’d also like to congratulate Max on his win today, I’m very happy for him and the Red Bull family – I think it’s great that Red Bull brings young talent into Formula 1 and we keep succeeding, proving them right.”