Carlos Sainz claimed bragging rights over his Formula 1 colleagues at the inaugural Netflix Cup golf event on Tuesday night – before accidentally smashing the trophy to pieces.
In a chaotic competition that saw fans on social media calling it a ‘s**t show’ as F1 and golfers came together in a unique and sometimes frenetic crossover event, Sainz came out on top in Las Vegas, along with golfer partner Justin Thomas. .
The pair defeated Tony Finau and Pierre Gasly in a close-to-the-pin match on the final hole to triumph, leading to jubilant scenes as they lifted the Netflix Cup.
However, while it was his turn to show off the trophy, Sainz was left red-faced as he let it slip from his grasp and fall to the ground.
ESPN captured the hilarious moment before their cameras panned down to show the cup falling apart.
F1 star Carlos Sainz accidentally dropped and destroyed the Netflix Cup on Tuesday evening
After taking victory in the golf event, Sainz was left red-faced when he smashed the trophy
The Ferrari driver had his head in his hands while golfer Justin Thomas couldn’t contain his laughter
The Ferrari driver remained with his hands on his head, because teammate Thomas could not contain his laughter about the situation.
Sainz’s blunder capped a memorable day in Vegas, despite fans expressing their confusion about the event on social media.
The golf tournament started with protesters on the first tee and a gimmicky opening hole, setting the tone for what fans saw as a future disaster.
Lando Norris, Sainz, Alex Albon and Gasly were all paired with Rickie Fowler, Thomas, Max Homa and a late addition in Tony Finau respectively.
But a number of users pointed out that the event often seemed less focused on golf and more on Netflix’s upcoming seasons of Full Swing and Drive to Survive.
These were just some of the select messages and Twitter posts left by Netflix Cup viewers:
‘The #netflixcup is the biggest shitshow I’ve ever seen… people talking over each other, not showing the whole piece (including the LAST WINNING HOLE), cringe-worthy interviews and awkward comments. Big fail.’
Sainz took part in the unique crossover event between F1 drivers and golf superstars
But fans on social media were highly critical of the event, calling it a ‘s**t show’
‘#NetflixCup promoted as a golf event with PGA golfers and F1 drivers and almost half of it is just not golf and not with those guys.’
“Did they like not to script anything or implement anything before they broadcast it live? This is so cringe #NetflixCup.”
‘I love F1 and I love golf, but damn, this #netflixcup is in shambles. They should have just played this like a normal battle. Probably should have put a little more money into production (audio is wild). I try to be LIV golf, but I just don’t do it very well.’