'Shocked' to qualify inside the top ten having expected to be stronger in the race, Carlos Sainz surprise swung in the opposition direction in the Bahrain Grand Prix after struggling for pace prior to a retirement.

The Spaniard got underway from ninth position in the Toro Rosso but slipped down the order as his underpowered Renault engine left him vulnerable on the long home straight.

Dropping outside the points, Sainz would eventually retire after reporting a loose wheel following a pit-stop, but the Spaniard was mostly disappointed with the overall lack of race pace.

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"Quite a disappointing day for all of us, especially after such a good qualifying yesterday," said Sainz, whose team-mate Max Verstappen also failed to finish. "I don't know what happened to my car today, I just know that I felt something weird with its behaviour and I was forced to stop.

"I can't hide the fact that I'm upset because we had a very good starting grid position but we suffered from a lack of pace. We'll do our best to be in good shape for the start of the European season in Barcelona, a race which will be very special for me as I will be racing at home."