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Sainz Melbourne GP Return

Sainz Targets Melbourne Return Post-Surgery

19/03/2024

Carlos Sainz aims to race in the Australian GP, confident in his recovery after an emergency appendectomy sidelined him in Saudi Arabia.

Carlos Sainz arrived in Melbourne with the firm intention of reclaiming his seat in the Ferrari SF-24 cockpit by Friday.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was replaced by the impressive Oliver Bearman in Saudi Arabia when Sainz had to undergo an emergency appendectomy.

Bearman will again be on standby this weekend, but Sainz is confident he will be fit to race in Australia.

Sainz landed in Melbourne Monday morning “in much better shape and in good spirits” compared to Saudi Arabia. He had a relaxed and unencumbered walk, moving with ease through the airport.

In contrast, when Sainz returned to the Jeddah paddock the day after his surgery, he was clearly still suffering.

His next test will be on Thursday, when he undergoes the FIA’s mandatory medical examinations at Albert Park. These tests are compulsory for any driver who had to miss a Grand Prix or even a single session for medical reasons.

Perhaps most critical will be the cockpit egress test. The driver must be able to unbuckle the safety harness and remove the steering wheel in five seconds, then exit the car and replace the wheel in position within another five seconds.

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