Carlos Sainz Jr staged an impressive comeback to clinch his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 win in Monza.

The Spaniard suffered a suspected gearbox failure in the first race, forcing him to relinquish his pole position. Despite his woes on the Saturday, the Red Bull junior stormed to victory, ten seconds faster than second-place man, Marlon Stockinger.

Shortly after the podium celebration, the nineteen-year-old thanked his DAMS mechanics for helping him place his 2014 title challenger back on pole position.

"It has been a really good weekend, I can't thank the team enough for their work and dedication", he said. "I dominated all the sessions and from the laps in practice, I was confident with the car", he continued, referencing the defending champions' impressive top speed.

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In spite of his frustrating first race Sainz Jr remained upbeat, noting that his unfortunate mechanical fault was out of his control.

"Unfortunately, yesterday we had a lot of points thrown out but these things happen in motor racing", he said. "We will not stop to work to get the points back".

The DAMS driver currently shares the championship lead with Will Stevens and series rookie, Pierre Gasly. Formula Renault 3.5 will return in two weeks time for the second round in Motorland, Aragon.