Sainz crashes in FP1, receives grid penalty on tough Friday at Suzuka

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Carlos Sainz Jr. endured a tough Friday of Formula 1 practice running at Suzuka as he suffered a big crash in FP1 and received a 20-place grid penalty following changes to his power unit.

Toro Rosso confirmed ahead of FP1 it had changed the MGU-H, turbocharger and internal combustion engine on Sainz’s power unit, with each obeing outside of the season allocation for elements.

Sainz entered FP1 with the grid drop confirmed, and saw his fortunes take another hit when he crashed out 50 minutes into the session while exiting the hairpin.

After getting a wheel on the kerb, Sainz’s Toro Rosso slid across the track and into the wall on the left-hand side, smashing into the wall.

“A tricky Friday for us! Obviously, the accident in FP1 was a bit of a pity,” Sainz said.

“I didn’t expect that to happen, I just clipped the outside kerb a bit too much and it sent me into a spin and then into the barriers. It looked quite incredible on the TV, but luckily it wasn’t such a big one from inside the cockpit.

“We can’t forget that a minimal miscalculation here can make you pay a big price! I’m happy that the mechanics could put the car back together for FP2 – they did an amazing job like they always do, pushing for me and the team.

“We were ready to run in FP2, but unfortunately the weather conditions didn’t help us and we were only able to complete an installation lap. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day!”