Carlos Sainz claims F1 public pressure led to the Japanese GP’s “impossible” start
Spanish racing driver, Carlos Sainz is currently competing for Scuderia Ferrari in Formula 1. This year he continued at Ferrari alongside Leclerc. The tenacious racer was at his best in Bahrain Grand Prix, Spanish Grand Prix, British Grand Prix, and Belgian Grand Prix.
In a rainy qualifying session for the British Grand Prix, Sainz won his first Formula One pole position and second pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix. Following these performances, he started to race at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The 2022 Japanese Grand Prix was held at the Suzuka International Racing Course in Suzuka, Japan. Except for the years 2020 and 2021, when the Grand Prix was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Suzuka has hosted the Japanese Grand Prix every year since 2009. It is a motor racing event in the calendar of the Formula One World Championship.
It’s widely known that Formula One fans and spectators hold the drivers to a higher standard, expecting them to control their racing cars in any given situation. It puts the drivers under public pressure, which might result in risky actions like Sainz’s “impossible” start at the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.
However, the rain had an influence on the opening lap of the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix. Sainz, therefore, got into a crash and fell to the third position. Sainz aquaplaned off halfway around the first lap as heavy rain drenched the Suzuka track just as the race had begun. It resulted in a red flag being raised for the event.
Ultimately, The race officially began as usual in the severe rain at Suzuka, with just a spin for Sebastian Vettel in Turn 1 when he clashed with Fernando Alonso in the blinding mist. Sainz, who was chasing Sergio Perez’s Red Bull at the time, aquaplaned on the run to Spoon curve, crashed into the inside barrier, and just missed spinning back into the racing line, where cars blinded by spray would not have seen the Ferrari.
In response to the question of whether starting from a standing position was the wisest course of action given the circumstances, Sainz said, “Maybe the best would have been a rolling start on extremes, but anyway it was going to become worse… simply to prevent any risky situation.” “However, if we start in a rolling start on the extremes, then everyone will be complaining that Formula 1 doesn’t compete in wet conditions.” He stated.
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