Speaking to Canal+ after the incident, Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur shared a damning verdict surrounding the chaos.
"A manhole cover lifted up when a car drove over it. Carlos got behind it and hit it at 320 or 325 km/h.
"It damaged the chassis, the engine, the battery, everything died. But we were really shocked because Carlos could hardly breathe after the impact. It would have been much more serious."
The accident was severe enough for the Ferrari team to be able to see the track through Sainz's cockpit, offering a look at the energy behind the impact.
We hear the top part of the drain pipe that got loose has a cylindrical shape. It caused a big hole in the floor of the Ferrari. It was even possible to see the road through the cockpit.#AMuS#F1#LasVegasGP
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