Sainz Jr. upbeat despite loose wheel setback
28 November 2017 – Carlos Sainz Jr. expressed optimism despite retiring from the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix due to a loose wheel, believing that his four-race stint with Renault will aid its 2018 prospects.
Sainz Jr., having started 12th, extended his first stint and was on the fringes of points when he made his stop, but his front-left wheel was not securely affixed by the Renault crew.
Sainz Jr., having narrowly avoided hitting the pit exit barriers, safely brought his car to a halt in the vast run-off between Turns 3 and 4.
Despite the setback, Renault was able to secure sixth in the Constructors' Championship, courtesy of Nico Hülkenberg's result, and Sainz Jr. was lifted by recent displays.
"Well, we win and lose together as they say, so there are no hard feelings," said Sainz Jr. of the wheel issue.
"These things happen in Formula 1 races, sometimes these things happen, let's keep the positives, we were having an extremely good race, extremely good pace.
"The pace shows the work has been done very well in these last four races.
"I'm hopeful this is going to give us a massive advantage for next year.
"[Hopefully] we're going to arrive to winter testing and have clear ideas in our head as to what we can improve and go forwards."
Sainz Jr. finished the year in ninth position in the Drivers' Championship, having scored 54 points, six of which were accrued for Renault.