Shocking moment at the Formula 1 race in Austria: Carlos Sainz' Ferrari catches fire on lap 58, the flames spread. Because the marshals reacted too late, things got dicey for the Spaniard. He finally jumps out of his cockpit - and is served.
"No, no, no, no!" screamed Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, aghast, as his F1-75 went up in smoke on lap 58 of the Austrian Grand Prix. The Spaniard couldn't afford to be frustrated for long, because his life was at stake shortly afterwards. Sainz parked the burning car at the edge of the track before turn four. But because it went slightly downhill there, he had to stay in the car and on the brakes, otherwise the car would have rolled backwards onto the track. Fire extinguishers were in demand - and that's where it got stuck. It took seconds for the marshals to arrive with their devices, which must have seemed like minutes to Sainz.
As the car continued to roll backwards and the marshal fiddled with his wedge, Sainz straightened up and finally jumped out of the car. "I wasn't scared because of the fire. I calculated the time I have to get out of the car. I didn't want the car to roll back onto the track." He was unharmed and the marshal finally put the car out.
Formula 1 drivers' overalls are fireproof. Sainz could have stayed in the flames for a little more than 20 seconds without suffering serious burns. "This scene will be discussed," said Sky expert Ralf Schumacher, criticizing the work of the marshals. The Spaniard said: "It's not ideal. We'll see what we can do in the future."
After the shock, Sainz also spoke about the lack of reliability of the Ferrari. "It's not ideal, we need to take a closer look at the problems. Especially since it cost us a lot of points this time," he said. "That's the way things work: if you have a fast car that breaks down, I'd rather have it than a slow car that doesn't break down."