Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz blasts ‘unfair’ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix restart under the safety car, saying the unique circumstances behind last lap showdown which denied Lewis Hamilton the F1 world title also ‘nearly cost him a podium’

Carlos Sainz has weighed in on the safety car row that played a massive role in deciding the Formula One world championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz finished third on the podium for Ferrari but was not afforded the same treatment, having to pass backmarkers in front of him following the restart, while also protecting his podium from rivals around him. Radio messages from his car at the time of the safety car deployment have revealed that he believed it would have been unfair to restart the race from that point due to it handing out unfair advantages. The Spaniard said: ‘I think it would be unfair to restart this race.

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