Carlos Sainz towards a return

Carlos Sainz towards a return

After having undergone appendicitis surgery on the sidelines of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, for which he handed over his wheel to Oliver Bearman, Carlos Sainz Jr traveled to Melbourne and should be authorized to resume competition during the Grand Prix from Australia.

Ferrari will find its driver duo. During the second round of the season, on March 9 in Saudi Arabia, the Italian team had to deal with Carlos Sainz Jr’s withdrawal shortly before the third free practice session. Victim of an attack of appendicitis, the Spanish driver had to undergo an operation and gave up his seat to reserve driver Oliver Bearman. The latter, who had taken pole position in Formula 2 the day before, found himself propelled into Formula 1 for the first Grand Prix of his career.

The Briton did better than good, missing Q3 by a handful of thousandths of a second during qualifying before finishing the race in seventh place. The question then quickly arose as to whether Carlos Sainz Jr would be recovered in time for the Australian Grand Prix.which will take place next weekend at the Albert Park circuit in the heart of Melbourne.

Sainz Jr “doing well” according to Ferrari

Seeing the Spanish driver in his team’s garage before the race in Jeddah, against the advice of his doctors, gave a very clear clue on the intentions of the man who stood on the third step of the podium in Bahrain during the first round of the 2024 season. After having observed a week of rest upon his return to Europe, the son of the recent winner of the Dakar was able to take as planned the plane to reach Australia.

« He has been here since yesterday (Monday) and he is doing well », Confirmed Scuderia Ferrari in a press release. However, should there be any problems with the Spaniard or his teammate Charles Leclerc, Frédéric Vasseur has already confirmed that Oliver Bearman will once again be Scuderia Ferrari’s reserve driver in Melbourne, the Briton being on site for the third meeting of the Formula 2 season.

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