The car came to rest on the outside of Turn Four but burst into flames moments later. Fire was seen ripping across the bodywork, inches from Sainz who was still in the car frantically waving down fire crews to save the car.
Sainz jumped out of the car unscathed moments later and cut a dejected figure by the side of the track. The Spaniard was hunting down Max Verstappen on fresh tyres and it appeared a second-placed finish looked a certainty.
The Ferrari driver vented his frustration on team radio as his car let go on him, screaming: “Engine, engine, no, no, no, no.”