Carlos Sainz reportedly splits up with partner after seven-year relationship

Jamie Woodhouse
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz at the Spanish Grand Prix. Barcelona, June 2023.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz at the Spanish Grand Prix. Barcelona, June 2023.

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz has reportedly broken up with his long-time partner, Spanish journalist Isabel Hernaez.

The duo had always seemingly made a great effort to hide much of their relationship and private life from the public eye, having been together for seven years.

Though as reported by Spanish publication Hola, Sainz and Hernaez have now gone their seperate ways, with rumours, unconfirmed by the pair, that unfaithful acts played a key role in their break up.

There has been a theme of F1 driver’s relationships ending in recent times. Sainz’s fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso recently announced his split from Austrian TV presenter Andrea Schlager, while Sainz’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc also went through a recent break-up as his relationship with Charlotte Siné came to an end.

With the Hola report mentioning a career focus now for both Sainz and Hernaez, it is safe to say that he is facing a huge challenge on the racetrack with his Ferrari team. recommends

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While rivals Mercedes have seemingly made a clear step forward with their B-Spec W14 challenger, scoring a double podium finish at Sainz’s home race, Ferrari once more struggled in race trim around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, despite unveiling their own extensive car modifications.

Sainz had no answer to the pace of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, dropping from P2 on the grid to P5 at the chequered flag, while team-mate Leclerc only worked his way up to P11 after starting from the pit lane, following a shock Q1 elimination in qualifying.

There is perhaps some hope for Ferrari since Sainz described Barcelona as the “worst circuit” to introduce these upgrades at considering how the track highlighted their flaws, so now all eyes are on the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix to see how the Scuderia get on at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.