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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

F1 driver Carlos Sainz to steer clear of bananas ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

Sainz says he almost vomited in his Renault car while competing in season-opening Australian GP

Looking ahead to this Sunday’s race in the desert, Carlos Sainz said he would prepare more prudently. Lars Baron / Getty Images
Looking ahead to this Sunday’s race in the desert, Carlos Sainz said he would prepare more prudently. Lars Baron / Getty Images

Carlos Sainz will pay extra attention to his pre-race nutrition at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix after a "poisoned" banana laid the Spanish driver low in Australia.

Sainz said he almost vomited in his Renault car as he battled for 10th place in the season-opening race in Melbourne.

"The valve of my drinks bottle was open so it was flowing water through and that, together with a banana I had before the race, that was tasting really, really bad," he explained.

"I had a couple of bites and I think it gave me a bit of a digestion problem – and together with too much water in my stomach it was all stuck and I was struggling to digest."

Looking ahead to this Sunday’s race in the desert, he said he would prepare more prudently.

"No more poisoned bananas."

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