18/01/2021

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Sainz Jr. will join Ferrari F1 team, Ricciardo takes his McLaren seat

PARIS — Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive for Formula One particular crew Ferrari next season...

PARIS — Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive for Formula One particular crew Ferrari next season and Daniel Ricciardo will switch the Spaniard at McLaren.

The 25-year-old Sainz Jr. will be part of Ferrari on a two-year deal commencing next year, the Italian crew mentioned in a statement Thursday, soon soon after McLaren introduced Ricciardo’s arrival from Renault.

“I am quite joyful that I will be driving for Ferrari in 2021 and I’m thrilled about my long run with the crew,” Sainz Jr. mentioned. “I however have an crucial year forward with McLaren Racing and I’m truly searching forward to heading racing once again with them this season.”

The first ten races of the season have either been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sainz Jr., the son of two-time globe rally winner Carlos Sainz, will switch Sebastian Vettel. The 4-time F1 winner is leaving Ferrari at the conclusion of his contract.

Vettel struggled at moments to compete versus Charles Leclerc, even although Leclerc was only in his first season with Ferrari and his next in F1. The 22-year-old Leclerc is contracted to Ferrari until the conclusion of 2024 and, with Vettel gone, is now the team’s No. one driver.

Irrespective of not getting a globe winner behind the wheel — like Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, or Fernando Alonso right before them — Ferrari hopes a more youthful driver pairing has a galvanizing result.

“We’ve embarked on a new cycle with the aim of getting back to the major in Formula One particular. It will be a extended journey, not devoid of its problems, in particular provided the current economic and regulatory problem,” Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto mentioned. “A driver pairing with the talent and character of Charles and Carlos, the youngest in the previous fifty several years of the Scuderia, will be the best doable mix to assist us.”

Both motorists will be hungry: Leclerc to obstacle for the globe title, Sainz Jr. to demonstrate he can compete alongside him.

Sainz Jr. drove continually properly very last season, securing the first podium end of his career and helping McLaren end fourth in the constructors’ championship.

“I also want to pay out tribute to Carlos for the fantastic task he has been accomplishing for McLaren in helping our functionality recovery strategy,” McLaren main executive Zak Brown mentioned. “He is a actual crew participant, and we wish him properly for his long run.”

Ricciardo will drive alongside 20-year-old British driver Lando Norris next season.

“Signing Daniel is one more step forward in our longterm strategy and will bring an enjoyable new dimension to the crew, alongside Lando,” Brown mentioned. “This is good information for our crew, associates and of course our supporters.”

Irrespective of his deficiency of experience, Norris has shown a great head less than strain on race working day.

Renault has not but mentioned who will switch Ricciardo next year.

The thirty-year-old Australian experienced a challenging time very last season, his first with the French manufacturer soon after producing a shock go from Red Bull. He managed only one particular fourth-put end and positioned a lowly ninth in the standings.

But Ricciardo showed potent type during his stint with Red Bull, successful seven races and continually securing podium finishes.

Between individuals touted to switch Ricciardo are Nico Hulkenberg, who lost his Renault seat this year to Esteban Ocon, Alonso, and Vettel.

Even though Alonso is 38 several years old, the Spanish driver gained his two globe titles with Renault.

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