Carlos Sainz thanked Milan police for helping stop three thieves who stole his Richard Mille watch worth $300,000, the robbery occurring after his podium at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix.
Sainz was held up as he left Armani Hotel on Viale Manzoni in Milan, just hours after clinching third at Monza behind Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
However, he chased down one of the robbers and members of his team stopped the other two, before the police showed up to arrest the trio. It’s thought Sainz was wearing his team-issued Alexander Zverev edition Richard Mille watch.
After losing his watch, Sainz reportedly chased down one of the thieves and caught one on foot and caught them before his manager apprehended another on Via della Spiga.
Sainz‘s team then took down the third and waited until police arrived to take them into custody. Sainz took his watch back from the trio, all aged between 18 to 20.
Sainz: Credit to Milan police
Sainz praised the Milanese police for their quick response in helping him reclaim his watch. He returned to his hotel after the incident, and will now begin preparations for the Singapore GP a fortnight after Monza.
“As many of you already know, yesterday we experienced an unfortunate incident in Milano,” Sainz posted on social media. “The most important thing is that we are all OK and this will only remain as an unpleasant anecdote.
“Many thanks to all the people who helped us yesterday, to the Milan police for their quick intervention and thanks for all your messages.”