Due to the nature of the crash and the forces to which the pilot was subjected, Carlos Sainz must pass a medical check-up in the circuit to be declared fit to compete, however when the Madrilenian arrived at the garage, greeted fans with a thumbs up, to confirm that he was okay, before discussing the incident with the team’s engineers.
Sainz’s car was quickly removed from the track and mechanics were able to begin repairing it so that it is ready to return to testing.
The Spanish pilot does not usually suffer accidents and less in free practice, although this is the second in a row after Zandvoort (The Netherlands) when it collided with the guardrails on a curve.
“I had a strong accident”he said over the radio. “I’m a little sore, but I’m fine.”
Sainz, which also crashed in the Saturday’s practice at last weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, he was transferred to the medical center and the session resumed with about 20 minutes to go.
The injured Ferrari returned to the pitlane, with the mechanics facing a race against time to prepare him for the afternoon sprint that sets the grid for Sunday’s grand prix in the fastest circuit on the Formula 1 calendar.
FIA Race Director Michael Masi said Carlos Sainz had a preliminary clearance, but that he would have another review before qualifying.
Sainz was 7th. on Friday in the classification that awards points to the first three, a format that had already been tested at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton made the best time (1’23 “246) being 0.222 faster than his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas; the Red Bull championship leader, Max Verstappen, was third 0.416 behind Hamilton, and his teammate Sergio Pérez fourth.
Mercedes announced that Bottas will let Hamilton pass given the situation of the Formula 1 championship in which Verstappen has three points of advantage over the Briton after 13 races.
Bottas long from behind at Monza this Sunday for an engine change on Friday caused an automatic penalty.