Just hours after securing a thrilling third place finish in the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was at the centre of a dramatic incident in Milan. The Spaniard was the victim of a theft, as criminals robbed him of his valuable Richard Mille timepiece, valued at half a million pounds.
Dressed in his vibrant red Ferrari uniform following a strenuous day at the iconic Monza racecourse, Sainz was in the vicinity of the esteemed Armani Hotel in Milan when he was targeted by a group of thieves. Despite the shocking circumstances, however, the race-car driver effectively pursued his assailants.
According to multiple reports emanating from Italy, various onlookers who witnessed the incident joined Sainz and his personal trainer in the pursuit of the thieves. Their collaborative effort proved successful as they managed to apprehend the culprits.
A number of videos circulating on social media platforms chronicle the dramatic aftermath of the event. One particular footage illustrates law enforcement officials apprehending a suspect, while Sainz is a short distance away, standing upright and gasping for breath — evidently recovering from the adrenaline-inducing chase.
This unfortunate incident adds to a growing list of F1 drivers who have been victims of such crimes, particularly involving pricey timepieces. On one such occasion in April 2022, Sainz’s Ferrari co-driver, Charles Leclerc fell prey to a similar theft. At the time, the culprits had craftily clad themselves as enthusiastic fans, requesting a selfie, only to abscond with Leclerc’s watch.
Elsewhere in the exclusive world of Formula 1, McLaren‘s Lando Norris was also a casualty of a similar crime. The British driver was relieved of his £145,000 Richard Mille wristwatch after his attendance at the sensational UEFA Euro 2020 finals at Wembley Stadium.