Carlos Sainz speaks out after Max Verstappen poaching

Carlos Sainz's personal trainer from the last eight seasons will work with Max Verstappen instead this year.

Carlos Sainz has taken to social media to thank his personal trainer, who has left him following an eight-year working relationship.

The Ferrari driver received support from Rupert Manwaring from when the Spaniard entered the Formula 1 paddock in 2015, as a Toro Rosso – now known as AlphaTauri – driver.

Manwaring remained with Sainz when he switched to Renault, McLaren and most recently to Ferrari, although it’s now the personal trainer who is on the move.

For the 2024 season, Manwaring will be working with three-time World Champion Max Verstappen, after the Red Bull driver parted ways with Bradley Scanes at the end of 2023.

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Manwaring works for performance coaching company Hintsa Performance, who were launched by Dr Aki Hintsa, who sadly died in 2016 whilst battling cancer.

Hintsa most notably worked with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, and two-time World Champion Mika Hakkinen.

On social media, Sainz admitted that his time with Manwaring “cannot be summed up in one video”, with a beautiful message being more appropriate.

“Eight years cannot be summed up in one video, but here is a hint of what it has meant to me,” wrote Sainz on social media.

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“2023 was Rupert’s last year serving Team 55 and I wouldn’t know how to thank you for all your work and support during those years. Not only did we train together and fight for the same goals, but we also had a lot of fun. I wish you all the best, Ruperto!”

Working with Manwaring clearly meant a lot to Sainz, with their relationship seemingly having been equally as important to the personal trainer.

He wrote his own message to Sainz on social media and thanked him for their “friendship” and how much he learnt from the 29-year-old.

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“Thank you for eight great years that were filled with fun, excitement and friendship,” Manwaring wrote in his own social media post.

“I didn’t get to tell you this during our collaboration, but I certainly learned as much from you as you learned from me (if you would at least listen once). It has been a crazy ride and we have grown together. It is also because of you as my wingman that I met my wonderful wife and mother of my baby daughter, the real boss of Team 55.”

“It is because of you that I have become a better coach. It was a privilege to watch you grow from raw talent to Ferrari driver, to race winner. You are the ‘smoothest’ and most ‘ruthless operator’. Thank you for your tolerance and unvarnished criticism of my hairstyles. I wish you all the best for the future.”