Sainz's double Monaco GP overtake part of one of my best F1 starts

Carlos Sainz Jr reckons he made one of the best starts of his Formula 1 career at the Monaco Grand Prix by passing both Toro Rossos at Massenet

Sainz's double Monaco GP overtake part of one of my best F1 starts

Sainz started the race ninth and got away well before being boxed in at Ste Devote, which allowed Alex Albon to get alongside him on the run up the hill.

But Sainz braved it out and then, as Albon backed off for the left-hander, the McLaren daringly also managed to go around the outside of Daniil Kvyat too.

Reflecting on the first lap, Sainz said: "That was a really good move and I thought I had done one of the best starts of my career."

Kvyat acknowledged it was a "risky move", but Toro Rosso team-mate Albon was more impressed by what Sainz managed.

"I had a good Turn 1 actually and I got past Carlos, but then going into Turn 3 he was there to my right so I couldn't go to the right even though I wanted to," said Albon.

"I knew that we would touch if I did that, so I stayed on the left side and that put me behind Dany, so I had to back off and Carlos went round the both of us.

"It was a good overtake by him to be honest."

Sainz went on to finish best of the rest in the 'Class B' battle in sixth, thanks to a good strategy call by McLaren and a swift pitstop.

"I just put together the right pace when it counted before and after the pitstops," he said.

"The team did a great job calling me in [at] the moment when we needed to be called in.

"P6 sounds easy but it was actually hard-fought because of that move around the outside of Turn 3 and then pushing at the right time.

"I think I did the fastest lap [up to that point] coming out of the pits so we just showed really good pace when it mattered."

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