Sainz surprised marshals weren’t ‘faster’ to help

Michelle Foster
Carlos Sainz's Ferrari on fire, one marshal starting up the fire extinguisher. Austria July 2022

Carlos Sainz's Ferrari on fire, one marshal starting up the fire extinguisher. Austria July 2022

With his Ferrari F1-75 on fire during the Austrian GP, Carlos Sainz says he was surprised that the marshals weren’t “faster to help” him.

Fighting for a podium finish at the Red Bull Ring, Sainz’s Sunday afternoon came to naught his Ferrari suffered an engine issue that led to a fire.

As the driver scrambled from his car, the fire quickly caught hold with the rear of the F1-75 engulfed in flames.

Initially just one marshal was on hand to deal with the flames before he was joined by others, the car’s bodywork well cooked by then.

“It was quite strange,” Sainz told Sky Deutschland.

“I saw the fire in the rear view mirror and was a bit surprised that nobody came faster to help me.

“At one point I just had to jump out, even though the car was moving.

“It’s not ideal and we’ll see what we can do in the future.”

The Spaniard, recording his fourth retirement of the season, later told the English media that he thought the “whole process was a bit slow.

“At some point, there was too much fire so I really had to get a move on and jump out independently. It was at that point that the first marshal arrived and stopped the car.”

He added: “It is definitely something we need to look at, what we could have done a bit faster because it was not an easy situation to be in.”

With four retirements already this season, Sainz concedes Ferrari’s reliability is letting them down.

His team-mate Charles Leclerc has already faced an engine penalty for exceeding the limits in pretty much every part and it seems only a matter of time before the same fate befalls Sainz.

“It’s not ideal, we have to take a closer look at the problems,” he said. “Especially since it cost us a lot of points this time.

“That’s the way things work: if you have a fast car, I’d rather have a car that breaks down than a slow car that doesn’t break down.”

Sainz is fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with 133 points, 75 behind championship leader Max Verstappen and 37 shy of his own team-mate and Austrian GP winner Leclerc.


Highlights from the Austrian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc took his first win in eight races, and Ferrari definitely needed it.