Sainz’s Luck Goes From Bad to Worse as Russell F1 Collision Lands Him in Hot Water

Published 07/17/2021, 2:10 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


It was a 30minute-long roller-coaster for Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz during the first-ever F1 sprint. He had had a decent qualifying session on Saturday, which soon turned chaotic on the very first lap of the sprint.

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And now, following the eventful session, Sainz will have a busy afternoon ahead, with Stewards’ hearings scheduled for three different incidents. However, it looks like Sainz could be let off with warnings rather than falling trap to grid penalties ahead of the main race.

Why is Carlos Sainz meeting up with the stewards?

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Of course, two of the hearings are related to the lap 1 incident with George Russell; Sainz tried to beat the Briton around the outside of turn 6.

However, Russell left no room for Sainz and ended up tapping the latter off the track. Sainz had to drive through the grass and rejoined around the exit of turn 7. The stewards immediately took note of the incident, but later revealed that the investigation will take place after the race.

While the first hearing is solely for the incident between the two drivers, the other is regarding Sainz’s unsafe way of rejoining the track. Sainz apparently made a scary re-entry onto the track, that could have led to chaos with fast-approaching cars from behind.

Finally, although unclear, the third hearing is surrounding Sainz’s practice start procedure, according to The Race. However, Sainz isn’t alone in this, as both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be joining the Ferrari driver.

Can Sainz recover on Sunday’s main F1 race?

Charles Leclerc showed the kind of pace Ferrari had to offer during the F1 sprint. The Monegasque dominated the mid-field pack quite impressively to finish in P4. Meanwhile, there was Sainz, who ended up colliding with Russell and fell back to P15.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

However, the Spaniard kept his head high and fought his way through the field to claim P11, finishing just behind Esteban Ocon. Hence, considering where he was after lap 1, the end result is definitely something to cherish about.

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Of course, it’s going to be quite tough for Sainz to claim a top 5 finish in the race. But who knows? The Spaniard could pull off another Styrian GP to claim handy points for Ferrari.

So, can Sainz manage to secure points at the British GP or will his hopes be sabotaged by potential grid penalties from the stewards?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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