Carlos Sainz reveals why he refused water bottle

Carlos Sainz finished P5 at the French Grand Prix.

Following on from the French Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz has incredibly revealed that he chose to race without a drinks bottle, in a bid to save weight.

Having been awarded numerous grid penalties for exceeding the allowed number of engine components, the Ferrari driver started the race in 19th place.

Sainz incredibly made his way up to third late in the race, before being strangely called into the pits by the Italian team.

Ferrari opted for the “safe option”, after being concerned that the Spaniard’s tyres wouldn’t make it to the end of the race.

The call to pit Sainz came whilst the Ferrari driver was still lapping incredibly quickly, raising the suspicion that the Scuderia had made yet another strategic error.

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Whilst Sainz defended his team’s odd decision, the Spaniard had to fight his way up from P9 after exiting the pits.

After blistering pace in the closing laps, Sainz managed to salvage fifth place at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

Sainz was the sole Ferrari finisher at the French GP, after team-mate Charles Leclerc retired from the race lead for the third time this season.

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It turned out that Sainz wasn’t the only driver without a drink in the blistering French heat, as it was revealed that Sir Lewis Hamilton was also without fluids during the race.

Hamilton didn’t choose to be without a drink during the race; unlike Sainz, the seven-time World Champion had a malfunction with his drink system during the GP.

Hamilton, who finished second, was seen laying on the floor prior to the podium in complete exhaustion, after losing 3KG during the race.

Being without fluids clearly affected the 37-year-old, Sainz; however, was less bothered by it.

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The 27-year-old joked that he doesn’t “sweat much”, so would rather carry less weight and produce faster lap times.

“The Ferrari was too heavy, so I gave up the water bottle,” Sainz explained to Sky Sports F1.

“In the end I don’t sweat much and I’d rather have that tenth less per lap.”