Carlos Sainz Jnr will join Ferrari in 2021 following Sebastian Vettel’s departure from the team.
“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,” said team principal Mattia Binotto.
“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 50 years of the Scuderia, will be the best possible combination to help us reach the goals we have set ourselves.”
Sainz said he is “excited about my future with the team” but added “I still have an important year ahead with McLaren Racing and I’m really looking forward to going racing again with them this season.”
He posted a three-minute video on social media thanking the team. “Even though this terrible pandemic has put on hold our positive momentum, 2020 is not over yet, and we will be back very soon to give our best,” said Sainz. “There will be time for goodbyes at the end of the year. Until them, heads down and let’s keep pushing.”
Carlos Sainz Jnr’s career progression
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