Carlos Sainz achieves the unthinkable: from undergoing surgery for appendicitis to winning in F1 – La Opinion

Carlos Sainz achieves the unthinkable: from undergoing surgery for appendicitis to winning in F1 – La Opinion


The almost immediate abandonment of three-time world champion Max Verstappen was the first shock of the afternoon in Melbourne (night on the American continent). By the time the race ended with a virtual safety car due to an accident suffered by George Russell on the last lap, The story was the great triumph of the Spanish Carlos Sainz, who only returned to the track a few days ago after surgery for appendicitis..

Sainz had to be absent from the second date of the serial two weeks ago in Saudi Arabia. He managed to recover enough to race in Australia, where he took second place for the start.

It is the third checkered flag in F1 for Sainz. The 29-year-old driver from Madrid broke Verstappen’s streak of nine wins dating back to last year. His Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc, finished second in Melbourne and McLaren’s Lando Norris completed the podium.

Despite his optimism after suffering a costly penalty the previous day, The Mexican Checo Pérez (Red Bull) could not overcome and finished in fifth place behind the Australian driver Oscar Piastri (McLaren).

Max Verstappen out due to brake and fire problem

Verstappen retired just during lap 4 of the 58 of the race on the Albert Park circuit. He had given up the lead of the race to Sainz in the second lap.

A brake failure was the cause of the abandonment, with the Dutchman describing a lot of heat and even fire coming from his right rear tire.which could be corroborated in some video images.

Red Bull mechanics work to extinguish the fire on Max Verstappen's car at the beginning of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Red Bull mechanics work to extinguish the fire on Max Verstappen’s car at the beginning of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Credit: Scott Barbour,Pool | AP

Checo Pérez, who started the race from sixth position before falling back a bit, climbed some positions during the second third of the race, including a good pass on Fernando Alonso, who recognized the Red Bull driver’s speed on his communication system. .

But After placing himself in fifth position, the Mexican could no longer progress and put pressure on the leaders, really staying far from the McLarens.possibly affected by technical problems like his teammate.

Pérez, second place behind Verstappen in the first two rounds of the season, dropped to sixth place in Australia due to a penalty in qualifying.

The British Norris took the fastest lap of the day with 1:19.915 minutes.

News in development.

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– The Red Bull team sees Checo Pérez well positioned to obtain a renewal

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