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F1 Chinese GP: Sainz back in the points with last lap lunge

Carlos Sainz returns to the top ten in China with a charging drive back up to ninth for Toro Rosso in a race of no attrition.
Carlos Sainz secured his second points' finish of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season with a determined drive to ninth position, including a pass for position on the final lap.

In an entertaining race for the mid-pack drivers as different strategies played out, Sainz avoided the melee of the start to run sixth early on, only to lose time behind Nico Hulkenberg in the pit-lane entry as the German went slow to back up from team-mate Sergio Perez as they both pitted.

Admitting that incident cost him the chance to finish higher, Sainz nonetheless made in-roads during the closing stages to snatch ninth from Valtteri Bottas on the final lap.

"What an eventful and exciting race! There was plenty of action and I enjoyed it out there today – we had fights with Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, which are the battles we want to be having. A P9 in the end aren't that many points, but it's good to finish with both cars in the top 10 and keep adding to our tally.

“Maybe we could've finished a bit higher up, but we lost a lot of time behind Force India in the pit-lane during the first pit-stop... Overall, it was good fun out there, we were able to do a lot of overtakes and our pace was decent.”
by Ollie Barstow

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April 19, 2016 9:01 AM

Diesel26: But again not as good than your teammate.
According to the Spanish press he was robbed, in their usual 'because we are Spanish the world hates us' style, these are good times with both Alonso and Sainz in F1, you are guaranteed to some salty articles on monday.

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