After the departure their number driver Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari have tied down their new driver Carlos Sainz who joins the team after impressive campaigns with McLaren.
The news comes just after McLaren had announced the signing of Daniel Ricciardo who left French team Renault for the 2021 season. This puts to rest the rumors of either Hamilton or Nico Hulkenberg join Ferrari.
Carlos Sainz joins Italian F1 team Ferrari for 2 years
Sainz, 25, will join the Italian squad on a two-year deal after two seasons at McLaren, creating the youngest driver pairing in Ferrari’s recent history in the process.
“I am very happy that I will be driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 2021 and I’m excited about my future with the team,” said Sainz. “I still have an important year ahead with McLaren Racing and I’m really looking forward to going racing again with them this season”
2021 will mark the first time since 2007 that Ferrari have not had a current or previous world champion amongst their ranks – unless of course Leclerc wins the 2020 title. However, team principal Mattia Binotto was quick to underline Sainz’s experience.
“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.”
Last campaign Carlos Sainz gave Mclaren their best position in the championsship recording a sixth place in the table highest by any team outside the top 3 teams of Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes.
He also registered his first podium finish in the campaign when he came third in the Brazilian campaign that was filled with many spinning and accidents.
The question for many now is, where next for Sebastian Vettel?
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