Carlos Sainz falls ill ahead of Mexico City GP

Sainz was unable to make it to the Thursday media duties after falling ill.

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Carlos Sainz will miss Thursday’s media day ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix because of illness.

Sainz was promoted to third place at the United States GP following Lewis Hamilton’s post-race disqualification for a technical infringement and had been expected to conduct media duties.

“Carlos won’t be at the track today as he’s feeling unwell,” Ferrari said in a statement. “Nothing serious, so we expect him to be back tomorrow and ready to jump in the car.”

With Sainz likely to be fit enough for Friday’s first practice session, it’s unlikely a replacement driver such as Ferrari reserve driver Robert Shwartzman will be drafted in to replace the Spaniard.

However, drivers have previously been declared fit to race only to withdraw mid-way through the GP weekend.

During the 2017 Hungarian GP weekend, Felipe Massa withdrew from the race because of dizziness, handing Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta his first F1 start since 2013, where he retired on Lap 60 because of an oil leak. 

Sainz’s wait for a first Mexican podium

Sainz has previously had mixed results at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, failing to finish in the points in his first five races in the country before finally finishing in the points with sixth in the 2021 Mexico City GP.

If Sainz is unable to race, it’ll be his third non-start of his F1 career after missing the 2020 Belgian GP due to a power-unit issue and the 2023 Qatar GP because of a pre-race fuel leak.

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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