Sainz Jr is “not stupid”

Sainz Jr is “not stupid”

Declared fit to compete in the Australian Grand Prix two weeks after his appendicitis operation, Carlos Sainz Jr admitted that he would give up his place again if he did not feel well.

Two weeks ago, Carlos Sainz Jr was exempted from the press conference before the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix because he was not feeling well. Two days later, and after having participated in the first two free practice sessions in pain, the Ferrari driver had appendicitis surgery and withdrew from the Grand Prix. This Thursday, the Spaniard was indeed present for the press conference before the Australian Grand Prix, in great shape. Even if he has not driven on a simulator since his operation, he will be comfortable in the Ferrari (whose belts will be adjusted) for the two free practice sessions on Friday.

“The way I move, the exercises I do in the gym and everything else tells me that I’m fit to get in the car tomorrow and try,” Sainz said. This is also the plan that we have put in place with the FIA ​​(International Automobile Federation). I have another meeting with the FIA ​​tomorrow, and they are monitoring my progress. Every day I obviously feel much better. It’s true that the first week was difficult, a lot of time in bed and recovering. This is where things get a little darker. But during the second week, recovery accelerated. And I started to feel a lot better. I have had a very solid recovery plan in place since the first day I got home to be ready for this race. I’ll get in the car tomorrow and see how I feel. But I’m positive about it. The problem is I don’t know (how my body will react). Until you’re in an F1 car and feel the forces, it’s impossible to know. »

Bearman stands ready

However, the 29-year-old driver is not going to take any crazy risks. “Obviously I’m not stupid, and if I don’t feel good tomorrowI’ll be the first to raise my hand and say I need two more weeks before the next race (in Japan, editor’s note), he admits. I am the first to not want to suffer, to make the situation worse. So I’m not stupid. And I’ll be very clear about how I feel and everything else. » In the event of a withdrawal, the 18-year-old Briton Oliver Bearman, who brilliantly took over as interim by finishing seventh in Saudi Arabia, is ready to replace him.

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