THE TORO ROSSO WAS A TRICKY CAR, WHICH did not devel opw ell and lacked power, but Sainz dide xtraordinar yt hings wit hi t, which is why hebea ts t hef orce India drivers here.
Sainz’s race to seventh in China – miles faster than th eot her midfiel dru nners in difficul tco ndition s–wasso mething special, as was beating Hamilton’s Mercedes to sixth in Monaco. Fourt hin Singapore, Sainz’s best result yet in F1, was another exampl eof overachieving in tough circumstances.
Sainz scored 4 8o f Toro Rosso’s 5 3po ints, an dt he team added onl yo ne more after he left ,w hich says a lot. Finishing seventh on hi sre nault debut at Austin – passing Perez aroun dt he outside at high speed – was Verstappen-esque ini ts audacity.
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