Ferrari shed light with Carlos Sainz absent from Saudi Arabian Grand Prix media duties

Jamie Woodhouse
Carlos Sainz speaks in a press conference.

Carlos Sainz speaks to media.

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz has been excused from Wednesday media duties ahead of the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

After the F1 2024 campaign got underway in Bahrain, the season now moves onto its second stop, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Unwell Carlos Sainz absent from media duties

However, Sainz, who completed the first podium of F1 2024 in Bahrain with a P3 finish, will not be taking part in media duties at the Jeddah track on Wednesday.

Ferrari has confirmed that the Spaniard is feeling “unwell” and has therefore returned to his hotel.

“Carlos is not feeling well and has gone back to the hotel,” his team confirmed.

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While Sainz was the highest non-Red Bull finisher in Bahrain, 25 seconds behind comfortable winner Max Verstappen in the Red Bull RB20, Sainz heads into the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix wary of another team who he expects to pack a punch.

That team is McLaren, who were able to score a double points finish in Bahrain despite that being a track, which as Lando Norris pointed out, was not one which plays to the strengths of the MCL38.

Sainz then expects McLaren to be contending at the front of the grid in Saudi Arabia.

“Let’s see the differences first,” Sainz said of the Saudi Arabian GP. “We go with this new 2024 car so it will be a bit of a surprise for everyone to see where we are.

“I expect the cars like the McLaren, last year they were very good in high speed circuits, to be competitive there but you know our car has also improved in the high speed so hopefully we can be also stronger.”

Norris concurred that the Jeddah Corniche Circuit should be a happier hunting ground for the McLaren MCL38.

“It’s a bit more high speed, a bit more medium speed, which normally suits us,” he said. “There’s still things we’re going to struggle with a lot.

“It’s also a track which maybe should suit us a bit more. So excited for it.

“Plenty of things for us to learn, because it’s so different this car than what we had last year. More challenges, more question marks but on the whole, I’m hoping it suits a little bit more.”

The 2024 staging will mark the fourth edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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