Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari bursts into flames with driver STILL INSIDE before he dramatically bails out at Austrian GP

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CARLOS SAINZ’S horror luck continued when his car caught fire with him still INSIDE during the Austrian GP.

With the Ferrari star driving in third and looking to make a move on Max Verstappen, his engine suddenly failed.

Carlos Sainz's Ferrari dramatically caught fire while he was still driving it - he could be seen leaping out of the car as fire marshals raced to help

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Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari dramatically caught fire while he was still driving it – he could be seen leaping out of the car as fire marshals raced to helpCredit: Alamy
The fire was quickly put out but Sainz, of course, had to retire

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The fire was quickly put out but Sainz, of course, had to retireCredit: Rex

The Spaniard pulled his car to a halt on the side of the track and just seconds later it suddenly burst into flames.

Sainz stayed behind the wheel for a few seconds as the flames spread, before a track marshal finally got to him and Sainz dramatically bailed out.

Flames poured out of the Ferrari as Sainz escaped as the car rolled backwards.

The understated driver incredibly said: “It was not an ideal and easy situation because I realised the car was catching fire.

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“At the same time, I was pressing the brake and as soon as I tried to jump out, I saw that it moved backwards.

“I didn’t want to leave the car completely free, out of control rolling backwards while I was jumping out.

“I was calling the marshals to come and help me to put something on the tyres to stop the car rolling down but I think the whole process was a bit slow.

“At some point, there was too much fire so I really had to get a move on and jump out independently.

“It was at that point that the first marshal arrived and stopped the car.

“It is definitely something we need to look at, what we could have done a bit faster because it was not an easy situation to be in.”

It was unlucky Sainz’s fourth mechanical failure of the season.

Fortunately, he was uninjured in the incident and gave a thumbs up to the watching crowd.

The Spaniard’s team-mate Charles Leclerc went on to win the race ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen now leads the drivers standings by 38 points from Leclerc, with Sainz down in fourth below Sergio Perez.

It was a traumatic week for the Sainz family as Carlos’ engine problems came just three days after his father was involved in a terrifying crash of his own.

Carlos Sainz Sr, 60, races for Acciona | Sainz XE Team in the Extreme E off-road series and was competing in the Final of the Island X-Prix in Sardinia, Italy when the smash occurred.

Sainz looks back at the fire as he said the mechanical failure was 'not ideal'

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Sainz looks back at the fire as he said the mechanical failure was ‘not ideal’
Sainz was not injured in the dramatic incident

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Sainz was not injured in the dramatic incident

Sainz Sr was in the lead when he was hit by Rosberg X Racing’s Johan Kristoffersson, causing his car to flip.

The Spaniard, who just days ago watched his boy win his first-ever F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone,  was left momentarily trapped in the wrecked motor before he was finally able to exit it by himself.

Sainz Sr was instantly taken to hospital, while Kristoffersson received a 30-second penalty as he earned his team a third-place finish.

Sainz Sr later eased fears over his condition later that evening on social media – but he slammed the penalty decision.

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