Sainz gets three-place grid penalty for Russia

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Sainz gets three-place grid penalty for Russia
Pablo Elizalde
By: Pablo Elizalde
Apr 16, 2017, 6:12 PM

Carlos Sainz has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix for his accident with Lance Stroll in Bahrain.

Lance Stroll, Williams FW40, climbs from his crashed car
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40, collides with Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, collides with Lance Stroll, Williams FW40
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, battles with Lance Stroll, Williams FW40
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40, collides with Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12

The Spaniard and the Canadian made contact on lap 13 of the race when Stroll found Sainz on the racing line after the Toro Rosso driver had rejoined the track from the pits.

They retired on the spot and triggered a safety car period.

Both drivers had blamed each other for the crash and were summoned to see the stewards after the race.

The stewards, however, found Sainz was at fault for what they labelled a "very optimistic attempt" at passing Stroll and the Spanish driver will drop three places on the grid in the next race in Russia.

He was also awarded two penalty points for a total of seven over the past 12 months.

"The Stewards heard from Carlos Sainz, the driver of car 55, Lance Stroll, the driver of car 18 and the team representatives, reviewed the video evidence which showed that car 18 was on the normal racing line, car 55 left the pitlane and made a very optimistic attempt to pass car 18 into the corner," said the stewards.

"The Stewards decided that the driver of car 55 was predominately to blame for causing the collision in violation of Article 27.4 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.

"The Competitor is reminded that, in accordance with Article 12.2.4 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 38.3 g) of the FIA Formula One Sporting regulations, the above penalty is not susceptible to appeal."

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