Carlos Sainz appears to be fleet of foot in addition to being one of the world's fastest drivers.
Italian publication la Repubblica reports that three thieves approached Sainz on the street outside Milan's Armani Hotel. Per the report, they forcibly removed his Richard Mille timepiece then took off running down the street. His bodyguard gave chase with Sainz not far behind, per the report. People on the street joined in on the chase before the thieves were ultimately cornered in the upscale shopping district Montenapoleone.
Police eventually showed up, per the report, and took the thieves into custody. Sainz recovered his watch, which was valued at at least €300,000 ($323,970.00), according to reports cited by Reuters. Video posted on social media appears to show Sainz talking with police and passersby in the aftermath of the botched robbery.
🇮🇹 Turns out Carlos defence mood didn’t stop after the race 🦸🏻♂️
Italian press reports the smooth operator got his 500k euro Richard Mille watch stolen… and chased after the thieves with Rupert’s help #CarlosSainz | #ItalianGP
— Carlos Sainz News (@CSainzNews_) September 3, 2023
So you're telling me that Carlos Sainz defend himself on and off the track?? That's a king behavior 🤝🏻pic.twitter.com/7CNLelor0m
— Ece 🏎 (@c2alltheway) September 3, 2023
Sainz later acknowledged "an unfortunate experience" on Instagram while thanking police and the people on the street who helped him.
"As many of you already know, yesterday we experienced an unfortunate experience in Milano," Sainz wrote. "The most important thing is that we are all OK and this will only remain as an unpleasant anecdote.
"Many thanks to all the people who helped us yesterday, to the Milan police for their quick intervention and thanks for all your messages."
Another F1 driver targeted for his watch
Sainz's Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc experienced a similar misadventure in 2022. Two men with motorcycle helmets reportedly approached him on the streets of Tuscany and asked for a selfie. They instead removed his six-figure Richard Mille watch before taking off on scooters alongside two more suspects who fled in an SUV.
Leclerc reportedly gave chase in his street-legal Ferrari to no avail. Authorities shared footage of Leclerc in pursuit.
Da Napoli alla Versilia per rapinare orologi di pregio: i #Carabinieri arrestano 4 persone. Tra gli episodi documentati, la rapina di un prezioso orologio compiuta ai danni del pilota Charles Leclerc -> https://t.co/Hdzu5cUe9q pic.twitter.com/0wAIIuPFm1
— Arma dei Carabinieri (@_Carabinieri_) April 4, 2023