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Sainz sacrificed qualifying to save his race

Carlos Sainz has revealed that bodywork changes to his McLaren caused his Q2 exit at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – but they were necessary for him to even race. The Spaniard was among the main casualties in a very tight qualifying session outside the Mercedes duo who again dominated, finishing P13 before rising one place due to Esteban Ocon’s grid penalty for impeding George Russell. He later revealed work had to be done on his car to aid cooling and if not, it would have put him in an impossible situation for the race. Lando Norris, Sainz’s team-mate, qualified P10 in what was the first time since last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix that a McLaren had failed to reach Q3....
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