F1 star escapes burning car in scary scenes

Raymond S. Hughes

Carlos Sainz scrambled out of his fire-engulfed motor vehicle which still left him “heartbroken” and value Ferrari an additional podium put at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Sainz’s hopes of a second-place end in Austria dramatically finished when his motor blew as he was catching Method 1 earth winner Max Verstappen’s Purple Bull. Sainz obtained out as flames have been licking his race accommodate. Unharmed, he sat on the grass to contemplate his poor luck.

Sainz received final weekend at the British GP, the place Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc dropped from initial to fourth. After missing out there, Leclerc bounced again to keep off Verstappen in Austria by 1.5 seconds for a 3rd win this year.

Just after cutting out on Lap 58, Sainz’s automobile was burning and commenced to slide backward in the gravel as a marshal rushed towards it with a fire extinguisher.

“I saw the auto was catching hearth and at the exact same time I was trying to press the brake,” Sainz mentioned. “I was contacting the marshals to put some thing on the tires to stop the vehicle rolling down. At some place, there was so considerably hearth I just had to get out.”

He thinks items could have been finished extra speedily.

“It truly is something we could search at,” Sainz said. “It wasn’t the best predicament.”

The incident introduced out a digital safety car, resulting in Leclerc and Verstappen to alter to clean tires in case a authentic basic safety vehicle came out.

Leclerc’s fifth profession victory was 1 of his best.

Leclerc faced a major challenge in the closing laps as his throttle was not operating appropriately, creating it extra tricky to manage his speed into turns.

It was Leclerc’s initially victory considering the fact that the Australian GP in April. Just after second place at the United States GP in May well, Leclerc’s five races involved two DNFs, two fourth areas and a single fifth.

It was also a incredibly welcome acquire right after substantially confusion about group decisions.

Leclerc was exasperated at the British GP when his team saved him out on keep track of alternatively than pit him for new tires in the course of a late basic safety car or truck, foremost to Sainz’s initial victory and discussion about team divisions inside Ferrari.

Carlos Sainz was unharmed. Photo / Photosport

Carlos Sainz was unharmed. Image / Photosport

This time Sainz was still left with a bitter flavor.

“No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,” he recurring disbelievingly when his motor went.

Seconds later he experienced far more pressing matters as the flames rose.

Asked what he noticed, Sainz said: “Fireplace, a ton of injury for certain. Not ideal and it is anything we will need to retain wanting at but the pace was there, the tyre degradation was incredibly low on our auto and we were being speedy.

“So, I will acquire it and transform the webpage as shortly as probable. It is a lot more tricky to consider because we were being about to cut the points to the leaders of the Championship, each Max and Pink Bull, to do a extremely big result for the team and one particular of the vehicles DNF. It is heartbreaking but we will need to hold pushing, change the web page and it is nevertheless a very long period in advance.”

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