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Ex-GF Isa Hernaez Follows in Carlos Sainz’s Footsteps After He Impresses at All-Star Ryder Cup

Published 09/28/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Looks like golf fever is catching on in the F1 world! After Ferrari star Carlos Sainz wowed everyone with his golfing prowess at the All-Star match in the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, his ex-girlfriend Isa Hernaez seems to have taken a swing at the sport as well. And while Sainz was showing off his skills with real clubs and balls, Hernaez took a more 21st-century approach.

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The lovely lady was spotted on her Instagram story having a swingin’ time, playing virtual golf, projected onto a white screen. Maybe she’s hinting at a friendly face-off with her ex? All in good fun, of course.

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Speaking of Sainz, he made quite a splash at the biennial golf event in Rome. Playing off a respectable handicap of nine, the F1 ace found himself teaming up with disabled tour pro, Tommaso Perrino. Their opponents? None other than pro, Kip Popert and the tennis maestro Novak Djokovic. While our man from the racing world showcased some drool-worthy drives, it was Popert and Djokovic who took home the win with a 3-1 lead at the scenic Marco Simone Golf and Country Club.


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Though Team Pavin, with Sainz in its ranks, couldn’t clinch the overall victory, the crowd in Ferrari‘s homeland gave their favorite driver a hearty welcome. Quite the morale booster, considering this was Sainz’s first public gig in Italy since his triumphant wave at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Next stop for Sainz? Back to the F1 circuit at Lusail for the Qatar Grand Prix. Safe travels and fairways, Carlos! But a while before waving goodbye to the greens and fairways, Sainz found himself in another kind of contest back in his familiar territory – the racetrack.

Carlos Sainz’s DRS trickery comes full circle in Japan!

Oh, the irony! Carlos Sainz discovered the hard way why it’s always best to keep your cards close to your chest in Formula 1. Remember that slick DRS move he pulled in Singapore to help out Norris? Well, Carlos got a taste of his own medicine, to say the least, during the Japanese GP!

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Flash forward to Suzuka, where the tables hilariously turned. This time, with George Russell on aging rubber, he beckoned for his teammate, Lewis, to slow down and return the DRS favor. The plan was set in motion to fend off… guess who? Carlos Sainz.


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Despite the attempted trickery, Sainz wasn’t having any of it. Over the team radio, he exclaimed, “They are using my tricks against me!” And, true to his racing prowess, he did eventually manage to pass Russell.

In the aftermath, Sainz couldn’t resist a chuckle while talking to the media. He recounted, “I was laughing in the car seeing Lewis backing off in 130R for George. I just knew I had to make my move on George at the chicane.” He added, “Was good fun, nearly cost my own position with my own tricks!”


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Carlos Sainz seems to be coming alive in F1 lately. Be it getting some iconic moments on track or making the headlines off track with his golfing & personal life adventures. What do you think about Sainz? Is there something big lurking on the cusp for the Spaniard?

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Written by:

Pulkit Jai


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Pulkit is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong academic background in engineering, he possesses an in-depth understanding of the intricate mechanics and technology driving Formula 1 racing. This expertise allows him to offer insightful analysis, exploring the technical aspects of the sport and shedding light on the innovative advancements that shape the world of F1.
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Aishwary Gaonkar