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Carlos Sainz: “A tough first week after an unacceptable situation”

The Spanish Carlos Sainz (Audi) lost 41’23 “compared to the winner of the sixth stage, played in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), the Argentine Orlando Terranova Bahrain Raid Xtreme), when suffering for the second consecutive day shock absorber problems, and thus ends a “hard” first week of the Dakar after a start that he considered “unacceptable” as there is a “clear error” in the road book.

“Hard. Hard because the first day we started with an unacceptable situation. Already cold, without the heat and tension of the moment, there was a clear error in the road book; that nothing had been done to stop the race before or not taking that piece into account seems to me a very serious thing and to look to the future, “he said.

A Sainz that returned to criticize the organization of the Dakar in reference to the controversy generated after the majority of drivers – except for the Qatari, and leader of the general in cars, Nasser Al -Attiyah (Toyota) and the Frenchman Sèbastien Loeb (Bahrain Raid Xtreme), who followed him- were lost when trying to validate the penultimate checkpoint from stage 1B. Situation before which the organization of the test decided not to adopt any type of media and that left the fight for the car general declined from the first long special.

The stage lasts again because at 40 kilometers I noticed a problem in the shock absorber, which this time was a mounting problem from yesterday; that he mounted quickly and running. I had to wait for Peterhansel, who had a replacement shock absorber and I changed it, but then he was behind a lot of dust and it was impossible to pass some cars. In the end I lost a wheel Luckily nothing happened, “he commented upon arriving at the camp.

After winning the fourth stage, the three-time Dakar champion (2010, 2018, 2020) thus accumulates two consecutive days without being able to fight for the first places of the special.

Shock absorbers have become the main problem for Audi’s innovative hybrid vehicle, as Sainz’s two consecutive breaks must be added another two by his partner, Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel. A problem that, he acknowledges, were not expected.

“I’m happy except for the problems, we have had them where we least expected them. We expected problems in the software and the car battery and in the end we are having problems with the shock absorbers, which we should not have, but we are going to solve them. There is still a lot left, but, for now, I’m happy “, he concluded.


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