Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was forced to retire from the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday after his car's engine failed and eventually caught fire. The incident took place before Turn 4 in the 57th lap which destroyed the Spaniard's chance to make a Ferrari one-two.
Charles Leclerc has cut his counterpart Max Verstappen's championship lead to 38 points by finishing first in Sunday's race. The 24-year-old Ferrari driver is now in second place in the standings.
"No Engine Engine... No No...," the 27-year-old Spanish international said on his team radio after his car's engine blowout and resulted in his heartbreaking exit from the Austrian GP. The flames from the rare part of the car forced the Ferrari driver to take it off the track. The field marshal was quick enough to reach the spot to help Sainz get off the car.
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"There was no feedback coming from the engine that this was about to happen, very sudden. I am a bit lost for words because this is obviously a big loss of points and result for the team today because I think it could have been an easy one-two. There's a lot of damage, for sure," Sainz told Sky Sports F1.
Red Bulls driver Max Verstappen claimed second place while Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and his teammate George Russell finished third and fourth respectively.