Sainz hopes to race in Russia

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015
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Carlos Sainz Jr says he hopes to be able to participate in the Russian Grand Prix, following his high-speed crash during Saturday's final practice session.

Sainz hit the wall on the approach to Turn 13 and careered straight on, with his STR10 submerging beneath the barriers.

Sainz was placed on a stretcher and transported to the medical centre, after which he was airlifted to hospital.

Sainz was conscious and talking throughout the process and wants to take part in Sunday's race, having been released from hospital, despite Toro Rosso initially confirming he would be staying in overnight for observations.

"As you can see I am fine," he said. "My back and my neck are just a bit sore from the accident, but I’m totally ready.

"Hopefully tomorrow I will wake up in a good shape and maybe I can try and race – this is definitely the intention!

"Obviously we need to be cautious... I’ve always been conscious. As soon as the accident happened I tried to talk to the team on the radio, but it wasn’t working and those must have been some scary moments."

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost reckons Sainz simply lost control of his car and ruled out a mechanical failure.

"Now, just to clarify what happened, prior to the accident, Carlos had completed a long-run on the Option tyre, before changing to the Prime to do two further laps," said Tost.

"On Primes the grip level is lower. In addition he had changed the brake shape on the steering wheel, which meant he had more braking rearwards. A combination of these two factors might have been the cause of the rears locking, which made the car uncontrollable."

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