100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Sainz reveals physical struggles in F1 Miami GP
Carlos Sainz thinks he physically paid the price in Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix for his early exits from the…
Red Bull reveals Perez came close to Miami F1 GP retirement
Red Bull has revealed that Sergio Perez came ‘very close’ to retiring from Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix as a…
Sainz hindered by neck pain during F1 Miami GP after Friday crash
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz revealed he was still hindered by neck pain during the Miami Grand Prix following…
Red Bull reveals Perez came "very close" to Miami F1 DNF
Red Bull has revealed that Sergio Perez came 'very close' to retiring from Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix as a…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Sainz hindered by neck pain during Miami GP after Friday crash
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz revealed he was still hindered by neck pain during the Miami Grand Prix following…
Ocon: Miami F1 GP eighth place “like a victory” from back of grid
Esteban Ocon says his charge to eighth from the back of the grid in Formula 1's Miami GP felt like…
Get all your news in one place
Latest Sport news:
Djokovic, Nadal Launch French Open Bids as Swiatek Puts Streak on Line
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 13-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal start their Roland Garros campaigns on a star-studded Monday,…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Transfer news LIVE! Tottenham battle Arsenal for Gabriel Jesus; Tchouameni to Liverpool; Lewandowski latest
Follow all the latest transfer news and rumours across the summer
Thrower thrilled she didn't put the hammer down
Nicole Bradley almost gave up hammer throwing a year ago, after a rough patch in her athletics career. Now she's…
Hexlox Offers Security For Your Bike's Expensive Accessories
Hexlox, a German tech startup, has designed a new magnetic lock that can prevent thieves from stealing youre bike's expensive…
Tim Anderson Shushes Yankees Crowd After Three-Run Homer
While rounding the bases after his home run, Anderson decided to give the Yankees fans a piece of his mind.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Indy 500: Dixon claims pole record with 234mph average
Scott Dixon charged to his fifth Indianapolis 500 pole, concluding qualifying for next Sunday's race with a 234.046mph average -…
French Gear Maker Furygan Introduces Volt Summer Gloves
French gear and equipment manufacturer Furygan introduces the new Volt summer gloves, the perfect pair of gloves for the sporty…

Sainz reveals physical struggles in F1 Miami GP

By Jonathan Noble

The Spaniard ran a comfortable third in the early stages of the Miami event, but fell away from leaders Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc after the midway point.

While it appeared from the outside he may have struggled with the balance on the hard tyre, Sainz has revealed that the main factor for him was actually his physical condition.

Having taken a knock in his hefty Friday practice crash at Miami, he was also suffering from a lack of race fitness – having retired early in both Melbourne and Imola.

In the Australian GP, he was out on the second lap after spinning off, while in Imola he did not even complete a racing lap after being tapped from behind by Daniel Ricciardo at the first chicane and getting stuck in the gravel.

The back-to-back retirements left Sainz short on mileage and meant he had not completed a full race distance since the Saudi Arabian GP.

“There were no issues with the balance,” he said when asked to explain his form in the Miami race. “The balance was actually obviously tricky because we couldn't keep up with Max and the Red Bull.

“But, on my side, it was more me feeling not 100 percent basically towards the end of the medium stint.

“In the last five laps, I started to get a bit tired on the neck and I couldn't push 100 percent coming from the crash of Friday.

“I will not use it as an excuse, but it was just also maybe lacking in the last two races to get the neck and the body used to these F1 cars.

"Obviously I have been a month without a full race distance and probably that, combined with the crash on Friday, just made me not be able to push 100 percent up until the safety car more or less.”

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75 (Photo by: Ferrari)

But while feeling he could not give everything in the race, Sainz admitted it was important for him to finally make it to the chequered flag after his recent woes.

“It's not so much a relief – but it’s needed,” he said. “I think I needed to complete a race distance, to get the body back to shape, and also get the feel for the car on used tyres, high fuel.

“I was still doing a couple of mistakes out there during the race, just because I was trying the car and trying myself out there.

“The important thing is that we got a full race in. At some stages of the race I was pretty quick and also the battles, and the feeling with the car in battle with Checo [Sergio Perez], you know what to do with the battery and with the tyres.

“I think it gave me a good understanding of what to do in the future.”

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Sainz reveals physical struggles in F1 Miami GP
Carlos Sainz thinks he physically paid the price in Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix for his early exits from the…
Red Bull reveals Perez came close to Miami F1 GP retirement
Red Bull has revealed that Sergio Perez came ‘very close’ to retiring from Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix as a…
Sainz hindered by neck pain during F1 Miami GP after Friday crash
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz revealed he was still hindered by neck pain during the Miami Grand Prix following…
Red Bull reveals Perez came "very close" to Miami F1 DNF
Red Bull has revealed that Sergio Perez came 'very close' to retiring from Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix as a…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Sainz hindered by neck pain during Miami GP after Friday crash
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz revealed he was still hindered by neck pain during the Miami Grand Prix following…
Ocon: Miami F1 GP eighth place “like a victory” from back of grid
Esteban Ocon says his charge to eighth from the back of the grid in Formula 1's Miami GP felt like…
Get all your news in one place