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Carlos Sainz

Sainz: 'I was a complete passenger' in heavy Abu Dhabi FP2 crash

Carlos Sainz was involved in a heavy crash in the early stages of FP2 in Abu Dhabi, causing a lengthy stoppage to the session.

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Carlos Sainz has talked through the cause of his heavy crash during the second practice session in Abu Dhabi.

Eight minutes into the outing, Sainz lost control of his car through Turn 3 before spinning into the barrier at high speed.

The Spaniard immediately confirmed over team radio that he was unharmed but it marked another setback for Ferrari after Sainz's car was destroyed by a loose drain cover one week ago in Las Vegas.

Sainz's crash caused a delay of almost 30 minutes as marshals cleared away debris and reset the barrier.

Speaking after his impact with the wall, Sainz commended the safety standards of the modern Formula 1 car.

“I'm feeling good,” he said. “It was a pretty big crash, but in the end, with these safe cars, you can get away with these pretty big hits untouched.

“Obviously [I'm] a little bit sore, but nothing to worry about.

“We're definitely changing things from FP1 to FP2 which might have had an effect but obviously, I'm not going to go into details of that.

“Unfortunately I just couldn't control the car.

"It just snapped on me and it's those moments where you feel like you're a complete passenger and you wish you maybe could have done something different.”

Sainz places blame on Turn 3 bump

A bump at the third corner appeared to unsettle the Ferrari car as Sainz attacked the circuit.

The 29-year-old revealed that he was almost caught out by the same bump in the first practice session.

“For some reason, there's been a change in the track over the years, there's two bumps,” he said.

“One at the exit of Turn 2 and one at the entry of Turn 3, that with this new generation of cars, it's upsetting the car a lot.

“It nearly caught me out in FP1, I had to change a few things in the setup and in the line trying to get rid of it.

“For some reason again, in that lap, it surprised me. It must have been an angle or a way that I took the bump and it just made me a passenger.

“We've seen before with this generation of cars that any of these small bumps can really make you make have a pretty heavy crash.”

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