Carlos Sainz hits out at Lewis Hamilton over unpunished Spanish GP move

Carlos Sainz was 0.04 seconds away from qualifying third at the 2024 Spanish GP but finished a disappointing sixth

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Carlos Sainz believes Lewis Hamilton should’ve been given a penalty for his overtaking move that forced the Ferrari driver off the track at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, as the Brit went on to take his first F1 podium of the season.

Hamilton closed up to the Ferrari rear wing at the start of Lap 19 and dived down the inside into Turn 1 in Barcelona despite Sainz attempting to defend the right side of the track in sixth position.

They were side by side exiting the corner and as the track flicked left, Sainz was on the inside and had less than a car’s width to manoeuvre as he was forced onto the kerb, but there was no Hamilton penalty issued by the stewards.

“I felt like he ran me off the track and I was half a car length ahead and normally the rule this year says that if you’re ahead around the outside, they need to give you space if you have a car ahead,” Sainz told members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com.

“That’s normally what the stewards have ruled this year so I was trying to benefit from that rule because that’s how they’ve ruled up until now, I’m not saying he was racing hard or not hard, just trying to apply the rule that the stewards have applied all season.”

Lewis Hamilton during 2024 Spanish GP weekend | Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton during the 2024 Spanish GP weekend | Mercedes

Sainz hoping for Barcelona bogey

His outrage towards Hamilton aside, Sainz was disappointed with his home Grand Prix weekend as a whole after his hopes of pole position dissolved into starting and finishing sixth.

Charles Leclerc was far from happy with the Spaniard’s own overtaking move but added Ferrari weren’t competitive enough overall behind Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes in the running order less than a month after he took victory in Monaco – and Sainz agreed.

“Yep I think it’s a fair assessment,” Sainz added. “Obviously fine margins in quali but then in the race, I mirrored a bit what Russell did and I was a tenth or two slower, Charles did what Hamilton did and was slower and then obviously Red Bull and McLaren up ahead 

“So not our best weekend. This was the track where we struggled the most last year too so that’s kind of our hope that it’s just a bogey track for us and that there would be other trucks that we would be a bit more competitive.

“Competitive enough to fight for wins with the McLaren? I don’t know, but more competitive for sure.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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