Carlos Sainz has reflected on a “bittersweet” year with Renault, where he feels his points total does not do him justice.
The Spaniard snuck into the top 10 of the World Championship by finishing P6 at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
But Sainz suffered a couple of costly retirements from lofty positions which prevented him from climbing up the standings.
“You can imagine the long process and what you need to do as a driver to extract the maximum out of the car, what you need to do as a driver talking to the team about what you need, but what also the team can do for you to make that happen,” said Sainz via Autosport.
“I think we achieved it. It’s just something that really hurts, that the races that we were about to get a lot of points and show that we were doing it very well, like Mexico or Paul Ricard, where we were leading the midfield clearly, we just didn’t get the reward.
“It has been a bittersweet year in that way.”
Sainz has also picked out his best race weekend of the whole 2018 season.
“Probably my best whole race weekend was Suzuka,” said Sainz.
“I got a point, I feel that weekend I extracted everything there was from that car, I overtook four or five people in the race.
“It was a difficult weekend for the team but I still managed to bring home one point.
“That’s why I say in the midfield you need to be lucky to get a lot of points. The day you perform at the highest level you need your car to be best of the rest.
“Sometimes this year I performed my best level but the car wasn’t P7 so I didn’t get that many points, or I was at my best level and my car was P7, but the car did not finish.
“You need that kind of luck and balance to achieve a lot of points in the midfield.”