Formula One: Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz given three-place grid penalty for Russian GP

 Williams driver Lance Stroll (left) and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz crashing during the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 16, 2017.
Williams driver Lance Stroll (left) and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz crashing during the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 16, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

MANAMA (REUTERS) - Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz was given a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi after Formula One stewards ruled that he was mostly to blame for a collision that brought out the safety car in Sunday's Bahrain race.

The Spaniard left the pit lane and collided with Lance Stroll's Williams just as the 18-year-old Canadian rookie was turning into the first corner on lap 13.

"I got hit from the side," exclaimed a startled Stroll over the team radio.

The incident put both drivers out of the floodlit race at the Sakhir Circuit.

Stewards said in a statement after reviewing video evidence that Stroll had taken the normal racing line while Sainz "made a very optimistic attempt to pass".

The Russian Grand Prix on April 30 will be the fourth round of the season.

Toro Rosso are currently sixth in the standings, with Williams fifth.