F1 star Carlos Sainz to undergo emergency surgery and withdraws from Saudi Arabian GP

Carlos Sainz will miss the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to undergo emergency surgery.

The 29-year-old has been diagnosed with appendicitis.

He is now reportedly in hospital, having fallen ill since touching down in Jeddah earlier this week, The Sun reports.

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Sainz came third in the opening race of the season in Bahrain last weekend.

But tomorrow’s Saudi GP will see Oliver Bearman replace him.

The British reserve driver has been promoted after securing pole in F2 qualifying this week.

Bearman, 18, has been tipped as a future star after he was snapped up as part of Ferrari’s young driver scheme.

His road to the top began as he won the F4 series in both Italy and Germany in 2021.

After climbing up to F3, the teen sensation finished in third and was promoted to F2 last year with Prema Racing.

The Chelmsford-born racer featured in Mexico City and Abu Dhabi practice sessions with Haas during the 2023 season.

He impressed in Mexico where he became Britain’s youngest ever F1 driver, finishing ahead of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in practice.

His best lap time in Mexico City – in a Haas – was just 1.6 seconds slower than triple world champion Max Verstappen, and three tenths adrift of experienced teammate, Nico Hulkenberg.

Bearman will be the 165th British F1 driver and the first to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari car since Eddie Irvine 25 years ago.

His chance comes ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s switch to Ferrari in 2025 but Bearman says it was fellow Brit Jenson Button who was his boyhood hero.

Sainz is being released by Ferrari at the end of the season to make way for Hamilton and is yet to find a seat for 2025.

– This article first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

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