Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz has escaped a full penalty from the Stewards at the Spanish Grand Prix after he finished a career-best sixth.

The Spaniard left the pits while the red light was still on, but quickly stopped once he’d realised his mistake. This meant that the punishment handed down from the Stewards was more lenient.

“The driver did leave the pitlane when the red light was displayed, a reprimand was applied due to the fact that the driver stopped the car and did not gain any advantage,” a statement from the FIA read.

On his was to finish the race in sixth, Sainz suggested that fighting the Williams for Valtteri Bottas may have just been out of reach.

“I’m very happy with the race,” said Sainz.

“I don’t think there was more than that in the whole weekend.

“P6 after a great start, a great qually, I cannot be happier than I am.”

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