Russell nudged polesitter Sainz right into a spin, sending him to the again of the sphere. The Ferrari driver pitted on the finish of the lap and needed to retire as a result of harm brought about within the conflict.
Russell was given a five-second penalty that he took at his first pitstop, earlier than happening to complete the race in fifth place, his personal efficiency compromised by harm to his entrance wing.
Sainz believes Russell ought to have been given an even bigger penalty, though he appreciated the truth that the Mercedes man went straight from parc ferme to seek out him within the Ferrari camp and apologise.
“In fact, it at all times honours the man who does that immediately after the race,” stated Sainz when requested by Autosport about Russell’s fast apology.
“I at all times respect that. It does not imply that I’m completely happy. I believe that the FIA additionally perhaps was a bit straightforward on him for the results that occurred.”
Requested if he may have performed something to keep away from the contact, Sainz stated: “I do not suppose I may have performed one thing very totally different. I used to be in the course of a battle with Max [Verstappen], Max went lengthy and clearly needed to brake quite a bit on the exit of the nook.
“We have been each already getting out of the nook whereas George I believe hadn’t even performed the nook and ran into me, which is a disgrace.
“It is the form of incident that you just anticipate to see extra within the midfield, when there’s so many vehicles round you. However within the prime 4, I’ve by no means seen that incident occur that always.
“That is why I used to be so pissed off after the race. I clearly accepted George’s apologies as a result of it was good by him. However yeah, it was nothing I may have performed.”
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
Picture by: Erik Junius
“It was one of many hardest moments of the season,” he later stated. “Very disappointing, as a result of after doing an ideal weekend up till then on your race to be ruined by one thing out of your management is actually robust.
“It has been additionally just a few instances this yr, which makes it notably irritating to not do races, as a result of it is what all of us go to these locations to do. But it surely’s the way it goes typically in motorsport, or in life, you undergo tough patches and different simpler ones.
“It appears that evidently this yr, every little thing that would occur to me, it is taking place. I hope I can get all of them out of the best way this yr for subsequent yr to have a clean one.”
Sainz careworn that probably the most encouraging consequence of Austin was that he proved he may get pole in a straight battle in dry situations.
“On the optimistic aspect, the truth that I’ve the velocity is the factor that leaves me much more calm about this yr.
“The truth that I managed to come back again by way of a really troublesome begin to the season and nonetheless managed to re-do myself, re-invent myself with my driving fashion, with my automobile, with my set-up, to abruptly be within the battle with the 2 guys which are most in type in F1 proper now, that’s Charles [Leclerc] and Max.
“Beating them to pole and preventing with them for pole is what leaves me calmer about the entire state of affairs. If they will hold bumping into me in flip ones or I’m going to maintain DNF’ing for no matter causes, it is irritating, however not for lengthy, after I know if I’ve the velocity.
“Usually the game offers you again what you what it takes from you eventually. So I’ll take the positives in that sense.”