Sainz claims ‘poisoned’ banana caused sickness in Melbourne

Renault’s Carlos Sainz has revealed that eating a ‘poisoned’ banana added to his discomfort during the Australian Grand Prix, while he fought off Force India’s Sergio Perez for 10th position.

Sainz had said after the race that it was his malfunctioning drinks bottle that had caused him to “nearly vomit” inside his helmet. But, speaking to reporters in Bahrain, he admitted that a banana that he ate, half an hour before the race, also contributed to his issues.

Motorsport.com/f1/news quoted him as saying: “The valve of the drinks bottle was open so it was flowing water through that, and that together with a banana I had before the race that was tasting really, really bad.”

When asked if he wouldn’t eat a banana before Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, he joked: “Not more poisoned bananas! “

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