Ferrari announce Carlos Sainz extension until 2024 ahead of Emilia-Romagna GP
Spaniard Carlos Sainz will race for Ferrari in Formula 1 until at least the end of the 2024 season, the team said Thursday.
The 27-year-old, who moved from McLaren to Ferrari in 2021 as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, finished fifth overall and helped Ferrari secure third place in the constructors’ battle during his first season.
He has had a strong start to the 2022 season, sitting third in the drivers’ standings after podiums in the first two races of the season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
He failed to finish the Australian Grand Prix, collapsing shortly after the start.
“I’ve always said there is no better team to race in and after over a year with them I can confirm that putting on this racing suit and representing this team is unique and second to none,” said Sainz in a statement.
Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc won two of the first three races, finishing second in the other, and has a 34-point championship lead.
“I think we have the best driver pairing in Formula 1 and so with each passing race it seemed only natural to extend Carlos’ contract, ensuring stability and continuity,” said Mattia Binotto, team manager.
“In his time with the team, he has proven he has the talent we expected of him, delivering impressive results and making the most of every opportunity.
Ferrari, which last won a title in 2008 and failed to win a race in 2020 and 2021, also leads the constructors’ standings 39 points clear of champions Mercedes.
The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola this weekend, Round 4 of 23, will welcome Ferrari to the Italian circuit named after company founder Enzo and his son Dino.