Carlos Sainz Jr produced one of the stand-out performances of last Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix as he charged from the pit lane to finishing inside the points for Toro Rosso.
Given that it was the Spaniard’s first race at Monaco in a Formula 1 car, the result impressed many figures within the paddock as he picked up one point for tenth position at the flag.
However, it all very nearly ended far earlier and in dramatic fashion.
As shown in an onboard video from Sainz’s car that has only been released this week, the Spaniard narrowly avoided a sizeable accident with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson at the Nouvelle Chicane.
Running behind Ericsson, Sainz lost control of his car heading out of the tunnel and had to quickly correct a tank slapper to avoid hitting the wall.
Remarkably, he managed to get the car straightened up and stopped in time without hitting Ericsson – although as you will see in the video below, it was only by the narrowest of margins.
— Carlos Sainz (@carlosainz) May 29, 2015
Whilst Sainz was able to squeeze into the top ten following the late crash between Toro Rosso teammate Max Verstappen and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, Ericsson was forced to settle for P13 at the end of the race.