Carlos Sainz is out of the Saudi Arabia GP due to appendicitis: Who will replace him at Ferrari?  – The opinion

Carlos Sainz is out of the Saudi Arabia GP due to appendicitis: Who will replace him at Ferrari? – The opinion

Carlos Sainz, from the Ferrari team, will not be able to race in the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix after he had to undergo surgery for appendicitis, according to a statement.

Sainz did the first two training sessions at the Jeddah circuit. Even during the last day of practice he did so with fever and clear discomfort.

“Carlos has already left surgery. Everything went well and now he is resting in the hospital.. We send him all our support for a speedy recovery,” the team communicated on social networks.

Who will be Carlos Sainz’s replacement at Ferrari?

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), 03/08/2024.- British driver Oliver Bearman of Scuderia Ferrari prepares himself before a practice session for the Formula One Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 08 March 2024. Bearman replaces Spanish driver Carlos Sainz who was diagnosed with appendicitis.  (Formula One, Saudi Arabia) EFE/EPA/ALI HAIDER
Oliver Bearman will be the Ferrari driver in the Saudi Arabia GP. / Photo: EFE

Oliver Bearman, an 18-year-old Briton, will be the replacement for the Spanish driver, being the youngest in Ferrari history to take on this challenge. He is also the youngest since Clay Regazzoni did it in 1970.

Bearman is completing his second season in Formula 2. This weekend he was going to start on pole in Yeda after doing a great lap, but he will not be able to participate in this category.

Due to FIA regulations, Oliver Bearman cannot compete in F1 and F2 on the same weekend Therefore, he will have to fulfill his role as a driver in Formula 1 after the loss of Carlos Sainz.

The Englishman is a great candidate to make the jump to Formula 1 next year with Haas and he will take on this challenge where he will be able to demonstrate that he is up to the task of the highest category of motorsport.

Max Verstappen dominated the last training session before the Saudi Arabia GP

The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), triple world champion and championship leader, was the fastest this Friday in the third and final free practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

In the test, his partner, the Mexican Sergio Pérez, scored the third time and the Spanish double world champion Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin), the sixth.

The Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) did not participate in the last test prior to qualifying, as he had to undergo surgery due to appendicitis.

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