Carlos Sainz's Ferrari bursts into flames with driver still inside before he dramatically bails out at Austrian GP | The Sun

CARLOS SAINZ'S horror luck continued when his car caught FIRE during the Austrian GP.

With the Ferrari star driving in third and looking to make a move on Max Verstappen, his engine suddenly failed.

The Spaniard pulled his car to a halt on the side of the track and just seconds later it suddenly burst into flames.

Sainz stayed behind the wheel for a few seconds as the flames spread, before a track marshal finally got to him and Sainz dramatically bailed out.

Flames poured out of the Ferrari as Sainz escaped as the car rolled backwards.

It was Sainz's fourth mechanical failure of the season.


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Fortunately, he was uninjured and gave a thumbs up to the watching crowd.

The Spaniard's teammate Charles Leclerc went on to win the race ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen now leads the drivers standings by 38 points from Leclerc, with Sainz down in fourth below Sergio Perez.

But it was a traumatic week for the Sainz family as Carlos' engine problems came just three days after his father was involved in a terrifying crash of his own.

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Carlos Sainz Sr, 60, races for Acciona | Sainz XE Team in the Extreme E off-road series and was competing in the Final of the Island X-Prix in Sardinia, Italy when the smash occurred.

Sainz Sr was in the lead when he was hit by Rosberg X Racing’s Johan Kristoffersson, causing his car to flip.

The Spaniard, who just days ago watched his boy win his first-ever F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone,  was left momentarily trapped in the wrecked motor before he was finally able to exit it by himself.

Sainz Sr was instantly taken to hospital, while Kristoffersson received a 30-second penalty as he earned his team a third-place finish.

Sainz Sr later eased fears over his condition later that evening on social media – but he slammed the penalty decision.

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