In a flurry of announcements made today, first confirming Daniel Ricciardo as a McLaren driver and now followed by Carlos Sainz getting the call-up every driver dreams of, namely to drive for Ferrari.
The Spaniard, whose shares rocketed after his first season at Woking, but what seemed like a marriage made in heaven is now all but over as Sainz makes the big move to a place where the glare is so much more intense and the expectations able to make or break F1 careers.
Time will tell how the chemistry between Charles Leclerc and his new teammate will be key to the success of the driver partnership which the team confirmed today in a press release:
Scuderia Ferrari is pleased to announce that Carlos Sainz will drive for the team in the 2021 and 2022 seasons of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Mattia Binotto, Managing Director Gestione Sportiva and Team Principal: “I’m pleased to announce that Carlos will join Scuderia Ferrari as from the 2021 championship. With five seasons already behind him, Carlos has proved to be very talented and has shown that he has the technical ability and the right attributes to make him an ideal fit with our family.
“We’ve embarked on a new cycle with the aim of getting back to the top in Formula 1. It will be a long journey, not without its difficulties, especially given the current financial and regulatory situation, which is undergoing a sudden change and will require this challenge to be tackled in a different way to the recent past.
We believe that a driver pairing with the talent and personality of Charles and Carlos, the youngest in the past fifty years of the Scuderia, will be the best possible combination to help us reach the goals we have set ourselves”.
Carlos Sainz: “I am very happy that I will be driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 2021 and I’m excited about my future with the team. I still have an important year ahead with McLaren Racing and I’m really looking forward to going racing again with them this season.”
Born in Madrid on 1st September 1994, Carlos already has plenty of Formula 1 experience, having taken part in 102 World Championship Grands Prix, over five seasons. In 2019, he finished sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, his best ever result, in a year when he also made it to a podium position for the first time, finishing third in Brazil.