Australian GP

Famous dads support sons in Toro Rosso pits

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The proudest dads in Australia were in the Toro Rosso garage on Saturday.

52-year-old Carlos Sainz, a world rally legend, was arguably proudest, after his son and namesake out-qualified the sister car on debut.

But he was also arguably the most nervous.

“When you drive yourself,” he told German television RTL, “you have everything under control. Here I can only watch.

“I prefer when I’m driving myself,” Sainz snr added.

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Also in the Albert Park garage this weekend is Jos Verstappen, whose personal best laptime around the Melbourne layout has already been bettered by his high-profile 17-year-old son Max.

The Dutch former Arrows and Minardi driver said: “We are very satisfied. He is completely relaxed.

“Of course it is his first race, but he is calm,” added Verstappen, 43.

“We discuss everything together, but I need to give him a bit of space, which is new for me. It’s not a problem,” he added. (GMM)

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