When the current Formula 1 2022 season started off with the season-opener in Bahrain, Ferrari came up as a new force after developing the near-perfect SF-75–the car that has been touted by F1 pundits as the one to watch out for. While reigning Champion Max Verstappen‘s RB-18 showed engine issues in the race and he had to retire, the two Ferrari racers–Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz took full advantage of that, and scored a Ferrari 1-2 finish.
After Bahrain, Carlos Sainz went on to perform well in the Jeddah Grand Prix as well, as he secured a second podium finish for himself. But the disasters started for him from the Australian Grand Prix, as he DNF’ed the Melbourne race when he spun his car during lap 2, went on to the gravel, and had to retire from the race completely.
With Australia, started a series of crashes and spins for Carlos Sainz that hampered all of his race results. And not just that, the Spaniard even endured some damage for his car in the free practice sessions and qualifiers as well.
Carlos Sainz encounters a series of misfortunes in Australia, Imola, and Miami
With the powerful Ferrari racecar to drive, Carlos Sainz was expected to do wonders by scoring some precious points for the team. But in the end, the Spaniard had to settle for zero points as he DNF’ed in Imola and Miami.
Spin while trying to attack Lance Stroll in Australia
While Carlos Sainz qualified only 9th in Australia, his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc took pole position in Melbourne. After that, Sainz went on to start the race behind Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll. And when Carlos Sainz tried attacking Lance Stroll to go up the grid rank, he spun out and hit the sidewall. This caused him to retire from the race in Albert Park, Melbourne.
Qualifying crash in Imola, followed by a crash with Daniel Ricciardo
In Imola, the home Grand Prix of Scuderia Ferrari, the Tifosi were excited to watch the two brilliant Ferrari racers bring laurels to the team by scoring a 1-2 finish. But that did not go as planned as Carlos Sainz had a crash in the Qualifiers in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, and had to start the race from the back of the grid. And while he was trying to climb up the grid positions, he crashed with Daniel Ricciardo in the first corner. The McLaren driver later apologised for the accident to Sainz and his entire team.
Free Practice accidents in Miami
In the first-ever Miami Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz caused huge damage to the car as he spun twice in FP1 as well as FP2. The accident is FP1 caused his SF-75 to suffer a tyre puncture, and in FP2, he drove straight into the wall after losing control of his Ferrari racecar.
Speaking of his series of crashes and spins, Carlos Sainz commented, “I’m the first one that is not happy with the last two crashes and I’m the first one that is analysing it and trying to take conclusions from it,” he said.
“I remember going through a very similar scenario last year when I crashed a couple of times, and right after then came my best run of races in Formula 1.
“So I know how to come out of it.”