Carlos Sainz has expressed gratitude to the police of Milan for their assistance after he was apparently the subject of an attempted robbery following the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.
According to other reports, the driver of the Ferrari, along with a bodyguard, gave chase to the thieves who were after the Spaniard’s watch.
After that, members of the general public assisted them while they waited for the police to arrive.
“Many thanks to all of the people who helped us, to the Milan police for their quick intervention, and thanks for all of your messages,” Sainz said. “We are extremely grateful.”
In a subsequent post on social media, he added the following: “The most important thing is that we are all OK and this will only remain as an unpleasant anecdote.”
According to the Spanish sports daily Marca and the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, a group of masked robbers successfully made off with Sainz’s watch before being apprehended. The watch was reportedly worth at least 300,000 euros (£256,440).
At Monza, Sainz came in third place, behind the Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez but in front of his teammate Charles Leclerc. The Italian fans was ecstatic as Sainz crossed the finish line.