Sainz Successfully Undergoes Surgery After Withdrawing From Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Friday, 08 March 2024 at 17:00
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Carlos Sainz has successfully undergone surgery, which was required for his appendicitis, and all went well.
After recording the first podium of the season in Bahrain, the Spanish driver was looking to follow up on his success at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but he was stopped by his health.
Initially, it seemed that Sainz was struggling with some kind of illness, but on the second day of the Grand Prix weekend, Ferrari released a statement regarding their driver's health. The Spaniard was forced to undergo surgery and miss the race at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Only a few hours later, the team from Maranello already reported that all went well, and that the 29-year-old was already "resting at the hospital."

"Carlos is out of surgery. Everything went well and he is now resting at the hospital. We're sending him our full support for a quick recovery."

Interestingly enough, it's not the first time in Formula One history that a driver was forced to abandon a race weekend because of appendicitis.
Only a couple of F1 seasons ago, Alex Albon had a similar experience when he was forced to miss the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, giving Nyck de Vries a chance in his Williams.
That's probably why the Thai driver was one of the people who saw the funny side of the situation, telling the Spanish driver that he knows a good surgeon.

"Get well soon Carlos Sainz, I know a good surgeon if you need."

Albon's case will also be quite important for Ferrari fans and Sainz at the moment, as the Spanish driver hopes to be healthy enough for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix.
The third race weekend of the 2024 season runs from March 22nd to 24th, giving Sainz an extra week for recovery. When Albon underwent the surgery, he missed only one race, but in the Thai driver's case, there were three weeks, and not only two, between the races.