Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz had to retire from the Austrian Grand Prix with his car erupting in flames.
The Spaniard — who won the British Grand Prix last Sunday which was his maiden Formula One success — pulled off the circuit on lap 58 and onto the safety gravel.
There was a worrying moment when smoke engulfed the car with Sainz still stuck in the cockpit.
“Engine, engine… NO!” said Sainz on team radio, later telling Sky Sports F1: “I am a little lost for words.”
But marshals arrived and the Spaniard got out safely.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the race, Sainz said it was a “heartbreaking” finish for both him and the team.
“There was no feedback coming from the engine that this was about to happen, very sudden,” Sainz said.
“I am a bit lost for words because this is obviously a big loss of points and result for the team today because I think it could have been an easy 1-2.
“Fire, a lot of damage for sure. Not ideal and it is something we will need to keeping looking at but the pace was there, the tyre degradation was very low on our car and we were fast.
“So, I will take it and turn the page as soon as possible.
“It is more difficult to take because we were about to cut the points to the leaders of the Championship, both Max and Red Bull, to do a very big result for the team and one of the cars DNF.
“It is heartbreaking but we will need to keep pushing, turn the page and it is still a long season ahead.”