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'Super aggressive' Carlos Sainz Jr. revels in podium as McLaren secures P4

Carlos Sainz Jr. says he and McLaren “took a gamble” with a “super aggressive” approach that ultimately yielded his maiden Formula 1 podium. Sainz Jr. started from the rear of the 20-car grid at the Brazilian Grand Prix, equipped with a fresh power unit in the wake of a failure that prohibited him from setting a lap in qualifying. Sainz Jr. made early gains and ran a Soft/Medium strategy, coming in on lap 29 of 71, which left him having to fend off Soft-clad rivals during the final restarts. Sainz Jr. managed to keep Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen at bay for fourth place, which became third post-race when Lewis Hamilton was penalised. “We committed to a...
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