WATCH: Carlos Sains Roast Himself in Front of NBA Royalty at the F1 US GP

Published 10/31/2021, 3:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


After a year’s absence on the Formula One calendar, the United States Grand Prix was back. Along with the F1 paddock being back in Austin, it also brought some fun in the form of Chris Bosh & Dikembe Mutombo; two NBA veterans. The two basketball players helped Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc shoot some hoops.

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The Spaniard was ready to show his skills to the NBA legends, but missed all the shots that he took. Even though Sainz missed all of his shots, his teammate was quite impressed by his skill, to which Sainz responded with a self-inflicted roast.

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Carlos Sainz roasts himself in front of NBA veterans at the US Grand Prix

Ahead of the US Grand Prix, the two Ferrari drivers met up Bosh & Mutombo. Sainz was ready to show his basketball skills to the NBA veterans and to Leclerc. However, he didn’t score a single shot. But nevertheless, Leclerc was complimentary of Sainz, to which the Spaniard responded by cracking a joke on himself.

Leclerc said, “Mate you have got the style though,” to which Sainz replied, “Yeah, but I don’t have the talent.” The Ferrari driver wasn’t happy that he didn’t score a single point and wanted to give it a last shot.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrive for testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He said, “I need to do one, Carlos one, please. One.” And as fate would have it, Sainz finally scored and gave a fist bump to Mutombo.

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How did Carlos perform on track in Austin?

The 27-year-old who starting fifth on the grid for Sunday’s race, was optimistic about getting himself on the podium. However, as the chequered flag brought the race to an end, Sainz found himself in seventh place; picking up six points in the process.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during qualifying REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Now, with a week off from the world of racing, the number 55 driver hopes to bounce back at the Mexican Grand Prix. With five races remaining till the end of the season, what are your predictions for Sainz? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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