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Carlos Sainz penalised for 'ridiculous' lunge on Lance Stroll

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Lance Stroll says he was "dive-bombed" by Carlos Sainz after the Toro Rosso driver collided with the Canadian in the early stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Stroll was left furious at what he labelled as a "ridiculous" move by Sainz as the Spaniard careered into the side of his Williams while attempting to pass at Turn 1 on lap 13. The contact forced both drivers out of the race, meaning Stroll has yet to finish a grand prix so far in his rookie Formula One campaign.

"I got completely destroyed in the sidepod," the 18-year-old fumed after the race. "He drove right into me. I was like 50-60 metres ahead of him in the braking zone and he just dive-bombed when I was turning already and he just completely drove into the side of me.

"I don't know what else to say. I just saw the video, it's ridiculous. I saw him coming out of the pit lane but he was miles behind and he just completely goes down the inside and I was already in the middle of the corner. He just hit me."

When asked whether he thought Sainz should receive a penalty for his part in the collision: "For sure. Clearly. If not I don't know. The stewards will make the decision but I'm just disappointed and hope my luck turns around sometime soon."

Sainz did indeed receive a penalty for the incident, with the stewards opting to hand the Toro Rosso driver a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix. Sainz also received two penalty points, taking his total for the 12 month period to seven.