Carlos Sainz chased down thief who stole $300,000 Richard Mille watch after Italian GP

Carlos Sainz had a scare hours after celebrating his podium at the 2023 Italian GP

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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

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz celebrate in front of the Tifosi on the podium of the of 2023 Italian GP | Peter Fox/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

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.”

Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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