In the wake of his triumphant third-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz has taken a bold stand against robbery, showing exceptional courage both on and off the track. The incident, which unfolded in the vibrant city of Milan, cast a shadow over the celebrations following the iconic race at Monza, where Sainz shared the podium with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, delighting the passionate Tifosi.
In the heart of Milan, near the distinguished Armani hotel, Sainz encountered an unexpected confrontation after securing his first podium finish of the season. Sporting his unmistakable Ferrari attire, the Spanish driver found himself face to face with thieves attempting to make off with his prized possession: a Richard Mille watch valued at an astounding £500,000.
Undeterred and displaying a remarkable display of courage, Sainz, accompanied by a handful of onlookers, swiftly pursued the robbers who dared to target him. The chase that ensued was a testament to Sainz’s determination to protect what rightfully belonged to him. The culmination of this daring pursuit saw Sainz successfully reclaim his precious timepiece, an achievement made all the more significant by the subsequent apprehension of the two culprits by the local authorities.
Taking to the realm of social media, Sainz shared his experience with his followers, shedding light on the unfortunate reality that he is not the first Formula One driver to find himself targeted by such criminal elements. The incident echoes the plight of his Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc, who too has fallen victim to the audacious theft of an extraordinarily expensive watch.
“As many of you already know, yesterday we experienced an unfortunate incident in Milan. 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.”
Beyond the personal ordeal faced by Sainz, the Italian Grand Prix also highlighted the resurgence of the storied Ferrari team. A marked improvement in performance saw the Maranello-based squad overtake Aston Martin in the highly competitive constructors’ standings. With a renewed vigor, Ferrari now stands proudly in third position, having amassed 228 points, trailing behind the likes of Mercedes, holding 273 points, and Red Bull, towering over the competition with a staggering 583 points.