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Sainz gives reason for punchy Verstappen overtake

Carlos Sainz provided an insight into his race mindset and gave his take on the overtake against Max Verstappen.

Carlos Sainz has given an insight into his race against Max Verstappen after securing a second-place finish in the Brazil Sprint. Having started the Sprint in P5, Carlos Sainz fought his way into the top three by passing Lando Norris and Kevin Magnussen. Equipped with the Soft tyres, Sainz was then able to pass Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who was on Mediums, with five laps to go for second place. In the process of the Turn 1 overtake, the rear of Sainz's car tangled with the Red Bull driver's front wing, causing damage to the Dutchman's car. "I managed to make all the positions at the start for the first couple of laps, joining the fight with Max and George," explained Sainz. "I had to be aggressive because obviously tomorrow I'm taking the penalty. In the end, I think P2 was the maximum today. "When passing a Red Bull, you're either aggressive on the braking or you don't pass them because they're so quick on the straight "I'm sorry if I had a bit of contact, but that's racing and sometimes you need to go for it if you want to make it stick."

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