It was a thrilling and action-packed weekend for Carlos Sainz at the Italian Grand Prix, where he not only battled for the third spot on the podium but also found himself in a dramatic tussle to recover his stolen Richard Mille watch. The remarkable turn of events unfolded at Monza, and Sainz’s prowess on the track was as remarkable as his determination off it.
Sainz’s fortunes took a promising turn from the very beginning, as he asserted his dominance by leading for an impressive 14 laps during the Italian GP at Monza. However, his reign at the front was eventually relinquished to the fierce competition presented by Red Bull’s dynamic duo, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. The track action remained relentless, with every twist and turn adding to the excitement of the race.
Amidst the exhilarating competition, Sainz’s determination remained unyielding. Engaging in a nail-biting battle with his own teammate, Charles Leclerc, he managed to secure the coveted third spot on the podium with a mere 0.184s advantage. The intense on-track rivalry within the Ferrari team further added to the spectacle that is Formula 1 racing.
But the drama was far from over. As the day transformed into evening, Sainz’s journey led him to Milan, where he intended to celebrate his first podium finish of the season. However, fate had a different plan in store. In a shocking turn of events near the iconic Armani hotel, Sainz’s £500,000 Richard Mille watch was snatched by a group of audacious thieves who swiftly made their escape.
Undeterred by this audacious act, Sainz sprung into action, displaying the same determination that propels him on the racetrack. Joined by witnesses who refused to be mere bystanders, he embarked on a chase to recover his prized possession. Astonishingly, Sainz was clad in his Ferrari racing attire when he pursued the robbers through the Milan streets, embodying the spirit of a true competitor.
The tide turned in favor of the determined racer, as he managed to apprehend the thieves and reclaim his invaluable watch. The swift and heroic actions of Sainz aligned seamlessly with his prowess on the track, showcasing his unwavering dedication to emerge triumphant against all odds.
The incident was a testament to Sainz’s grit and tenacity, proving that his journey transcends the racetrack. It was a day that showcased the convergence of his racing prowess and his indomitable spirit, ultimately resulting in a victory that extended beyond the checkered flag.
In a moment of reflection, a few hours prior to the unexpected robbery, Sainz was asked if this weekend marked his finest performance in the world of Formula 1. His response captured the essence of his journey, both on and off the track, as he acknowledged the significance of the Italian Grand Prix and the unique experiences it had presented.
“I’m not sure in F1. I’ve done other strong weekends in F1 that maybe got a bit unnoticed when I was in the midfield where I felt I extracted everything out of the car.
“Of this year, for sure, of my Ferrari career probably.
“Of my F1 career, it’s a tough call but I felt like this weekend I was on it from the beginning, comfortable with the car, especially over one lap. I felt really, really at home and I could put together strong laps yesterday and snatch pole.
“Today was again a bit tougher and it shows me exactly where we need to keep working on and where I will put my head down and keep pushing the team to keep working on our tyre understanding and our race pace understanding.”