The Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (McLaren) has had to withdraw from the Russian Grand Prix due to an accident on the first lap, in which he went off at turn 2 and hit his car with the wall, breaking the left front axle.
Sainz left turn 2, like the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and tried to rejoin the race avoiding the protections as the Dutch driver did, but hit the front left wheel with the wall. “I’m sorry guys, I’m very sorry,” the man from Madrid told the McLaren team.
Canadian driver Lance Stroll (Racing Point) received a blow from behind the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) that caused his car to spin and stall on the straight after the second corner, for which he also had to retire.
The race was neutralized by a safety car for the next five laps, a circumstance that several single-seaters took advantage of to enter the garages, such as those of the British Lando Norris (McLaren) and George Russell (Williams), and the Thai Alex Albon (Red Bull).