star Carlos Sainz to undergo emergency surgery as he is forced to withdraw from Saudi Arabian GP hours before raceBrit driver and former F4 champ called up to replace him

CARLOS SAINZ will miss the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to undergo emergency surgery. The Brit 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. 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. The teenager drove for the Haas last season in the practice sessions in Mexico City and Abu Dhabi. He impressed and became Britain’s youngest ever F1 driver, finishing ahead of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in practice. His best lap time – in a Haas – was just 1.6 seconds slower than Max Verstappen.

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