Carlos Sainz absent from media day ahead of Mexican Grand Prix

Henry Valantine
Carlos Sainz speaks to media in Austin.

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz addresses reporters.

Carlos Sainz is absent from the Mexican Grand Prix paddock on Thursday, with Ferrari confirming their driver is unwell.

Sainz had been due to take part in his pre-race media duties as planned ahead of the weekend, but the team have said he will not be able to do so due to an illness.

The team confirmed the ailment is “nothing serious” for the Spaniard however, who was promoted to the podium at the United States Grand Prix last time out as a result of Lewis Hamilton’s disqualification.

Carlos Sainz absent with illness in Mexico City media day

Given the lack of seriousness in Sainz’s illness, Ferrari are anticipating he will be fit enough to compete in the race weekend as normal from Friday onwards.

Having suffered a DNS in Qatar through a fuel system issue, Sainz bounced back in Austin by making it onto the podium last time out, with the Ferrari driver holding onto fifth place in the Drivers’ standings.

The remaining drivers will continue with their media duties as planned on Thursday, as Sainz looks to recover in time for free practice in Mexico City.

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