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Carlos Sainz

Sainz explains 'costly snap' after crashing in Miami practice

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz brought out the red flags once again in Miami, crashing his F1-75 during the second practice session on Friday.

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Carlos Sainz has vowed not to dwell on the disappointment of crashing out of another session in 2022, as the Spaniard sparked the red flags during second practice in Miami.

The Ferrari driver was at the top of the times with 20 minutes elapsed in Friday's second session when he lost the rear of his F1-75 going through Turn 14 and spun off into the barriers.

Apologising over team radio, Sainz clambered free while the session was neutralised to allow for the car to be taken away.

It's the latest in a growing list of incidents for Sainz, who signed a contract extension with Ferrari heading into the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend.

Sainz spun out of the Australian GP, as well as crashing out of qualifying at Imola, before retiring from the race due to a clash with McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo.

"Obviously, not the best way to start the weekend after a costly snap ended our Friday early," said a rueful Sainz at the end of Friday's track action.

"Still, I feel the car was competitive and I have confidence in our performance.

"It's pointless to dwell on today, so we'll put our full focus on [Saturday] and the race.

"The extra work for the mechanics is the worst part, so I'll definitely speak to them and the rest of the team. I look forward to [Saturday]."

F1 legend Andretti tips Sainz to bounce back

With Sainz finishing the session in 11th, teammate Charles Leclerc underlined the potential of the car as he placed second and just a tenth away from the fastest time set by Mercedes' George Russell.

Former F1 World Champion Mario Andretti, speaking as a pundit for Sky Sports F1, believes that Sainz will "get it right" as he comes through this difficult phase of the season.

"Sometimes you just can't catch a break," Andretti told the broadcaster.

"You're trying but you still have to be right on top of it all, and the competition doesn't get any softer.

"So he's on it, his teammate obviously is always right there. I hate to see it, we all do, but he'll get it right."

Andretti believes that Sainz's now-regular mistakes aren't a particularly big problem, given his speed is still on display – something the veteran feels is a better situation to be in than simply being slow.

"The fact that he's giving 10 tenths throughout is better than just lagging behind, [in the] midfield and so forth," he said.

"He's up there. He's capable. It's just about maybe refining certain aspects of it. I don't like to slow drivers down to the point that they lose that 'edge'. You can see that he's capable, so he'll be alright."

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