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Sainz was the victim of a severe shunt in the second practice session for free in Turn 14, crashing into the unprotected concrete wall along the exterior of Turn 14.

The Spaniard was able to regain his confidence on the weekend and finished second in the race behind his teammate Charles Leclerc.

Then he was forced to allow Red Bull’s eventual winner Max Verstappen pass him at the start. However, he was able to hold from the third Red Bull of Sergio Perez in spite of the Mexican having a tyre advantage towards the end in the race.

Sainz finished in third place, just eight seconds slower than Verstappen to secure the podium position.

Following the first Miami Grand Prix, Sainz said he still felt the effects of Friday’s brutal impact, and admitted to suffering from neck pains in the heat of Sunday’s race.

“I’ve improved. Evidently, following the crash on Friday, I had a little small neck pain prior to racing, however, I needed to deal with it and persevered.

“Especially when you have Checo at the finish on the medium tyre it was a challenge to hold him back however we were able to stay on the podium, which is an impressive outcome.”

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

Photo by Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

Even at the best times, Sunday’s highly anticipated race was a physical and tiring challenge for racers due to the rough track and South Florida’s heat and humidity.

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Sainz is seeking his first win He has been struggling to stay ahead of the Ferrari F1-75 as well as match teammates Leclerc However, he has put an end to two consecutive DNFs by claiming his third podium in his 2022 season.

“It was not easy at all,” he acknowledged. “It’s been a hard race on tyres due to the temperatures. The car was sliding and moving lots.

“But at the end of the day we received what we deserve, I believe it’s a decent P3 and we’ll increase it from here. I’d like more, but it’s not terrible.”