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

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - APRIL 06:  Carlos Sainz of Spain and Renault Sport F1 prepares to drive during practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 6, 2018 in Bahrain, Bahrain.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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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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