Sainz has no issues with Verstappen


Carlos Sainz says he has no problem with Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen after the Dutchman's rant during the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Verstappen swore over the team radio when he was not released by Sainz following his second pit stop when he felt he had more pace.

The teenager was not impressed when his team opted to pit Sainz before him as he went on to finish 10th after starting the first race of the season fifth on the grid, with the Spaniard taking ninth place.

But Sainz insists there is no ill feeling towards Verstappen following a dramatic start to the season.

"I think it is a healthy rivalry," he explained. "At least from my side I have absolutely no issues with anyone."

Asked about Verstappen's call for him to move over, Sainz added: "There was not much radio communication, not a lot to understand. I just know I was behind Jolyon [Palmer], they told me to push and I overtook him. 

"Then I arrived to the Williams [of Valtteri Bottas] and they were absolutely flying on the straight. I overtook eight or 10 cars I think, so I was not missing any overtaking moves, it was just quite tough on some of them. It's not an easy track to overtake on."

When asked about contact being made between the two during the race, Sainz said: "I received a touch from behind, saw Max spinning in my mirrors. It was a very interesting race - on the limit, but that's how Formula One should be. 

"I think we deserved a lot more for the final position, especially with so many overtakes. But I enjoyed it a lot and I think there should be no issues, at least from my side."