Audi confirmed on Tuesday that the Spanish racer Carlos Sainz withdraws from 2023 Dakar Rally After the accident in the ninth level.
What happened to Carlos Sainz?
Sainz at just 6km on stage 9 of the Dakar Rally He flips his RS Q e-tron E2 on a dune jump, landing nose first on the sand. Sainz and his navigator Lucas Cruz, with the help of some workers on the track, got out from under the car and flipped it back.
“We just jumped over the dunes, landed on the next dune, and rolled,” Sainz said after the accident. “I’m in a bit of pain right now.”
Sainz, 60, has been involved in several other crashes, including a crash with Audi teammate Stephan Peterhansel on Stage 6. Sainz received medical attention for chest pains and was flown to a hospital in Riyadh by medical helicopter, but asked to be returned shortly afterwards. They did, and he and Cruz drove back to the campground.
Audi has now confirmed Sainz and Cruz pulled out of the race after discovery The car has suffered structural damage to its carbon fiber monocoque chassis, making it beyond repair. It was their seventh withdrawal from the competition since Sainz made his debut in 2006.
“Unfortunately, in today’s accident, the car was damaged beyond repair,” he said. Sainz wrote on social media. “It’s a shame we had to give up the Dakar, but the important thing is that nothing serious happened.”
Audi could have claimed its first Dakar victory with an electric car, but their hopes were dashed after a series of crashes and mechanical failures. Except for Sainz’s accident, He almost got penalized for accepting outside help from son Ferrari F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr.. He closed the door of his father’s car, which is illegal because Sainz Jr. does not belong to the Audi team.