Despite admitting his heavy crash in opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix was his own fault, Carlos Sainz says he can not explain why it happened.
The Toro Rosso driver crashed heavily around 40 minutes into the session after losing control of his auto exiting the hairpin, forcing a stoppage of several minutes while his vehicle was recovered. While Sainz's participation in FP1 was cut-short, Toro Rosso made the most of a rain delay to fix his vehicle in time for him to take part in the closing stages of the wet second session.
"It was one of those accidents where you don't have an explanation", said Sainz. "It was a mistake from my side, for sure, and something I will obviously not like in the future to repeat".
The Spaniard, who is set to start Sunday's race from the back of the grid as a result of power unit component changes, was 14 laps into the weekend's opening session when he ran slightly too wide exiting the Turn 11 hairpin and lost control.
"I'm happy that the mechanics could put the auto back together for FP2 - they did an fantastic job like they always do, pushing for me and the team". "Hopefully tomorrow is a better day!" P1 was tricky in terms of pace.
"I think we were pushing hard, but even if we were pushing hard, we were not very quick, so something to analyse for tomorrow, to see if we can find some pace".
Sainz said that the team had considered taking the penalty hit in Suzuka, but problems in the race in Malaysia made the change inevitable.
"We based it a bit on our last year's performance", he explained. Anyway we were forced to do it because of the issue we had in Malaysia. "I'm pretty sure I will face some more penalties, unfortunately".