Sainz, who sits third in the 2022 drivers’ championship at the time of writing, started his F1 career with Toro Rosso, now AlphaTauri, in 2015. After three seasons with the Austrian squad, and realising he wouldn’t get the chance to drive for the senior Red Bull outfit, Sainz moved to Renault for the final four races of the 2017 season and 2018. For 2019 and 2020 Sainz drove for McLaren alongside Lando Norris, achieving a then career best third position in Brazil in his first year with the team and a second place at Monza in his second.
“I have said several times that I believe we have the best driver pairing in Formula 1,” said Ferrari team principle Mattia Binotto, “and so, with every passing race, it seemed a completely natural step to extend Carlos’ contract, thus ensuring stability and continuity. In his time so far with the team, he has proved to have the talent we expected from him, delivering impressive results and making the most of all opportunities.
Outside the car, he is a hard worker with an eye for the smallest detail, which has helped the whole group to improve and progress. Together, we can aim for ambitious targets and I’m sure that, along with Charles, he can play a significant part in fuelling the Ferrari legend and will write new chapters in the history of our team.”