Carlos Sainz is set to remain a Ferrari driver until the end of the 2024 Formula 1 season after signing a new two-year contract.
The Spanish driver is currently third in the drivers’ standings after the Italian manufacturers’ 2022 campaign has started well.
He now joins team-mate Charles Leclerc on a multi-year deal, with the Monaco-born driver contracted until 2026 and currently leading the title chase with two wins in the first three Grands Prix.
And Sainz is delighted to continue with Ferrari, in a move that could end Sir Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of driving the infamous red card before retiring.
“I am very happy to have renewed my contract with Scuderia Ferrari,” said Sainz.
“I have always said there is no better Formula 1 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.
“My first season at Maranello has been solid and constructive, with the whole group progressing together. The result of all that work has been clear to see the season so far.
“I feel empowered by this renewed confidence and now I can’t wait to get in the car, do my best for Ferrari and give its fans something to cheer about. The F1-75 is proving to be a forerunner , which can allow me to pursue my goals on the track, starting with winning my first victory in Formula 1.”
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Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said: “I’ve said many times that I think we have the best driver pairing in Formula 1 and so with every passing race it seemed quite natural to extend Carlos’ contract, thus ensuring stability and continuity.
“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.
“Apart from the car, he is a hard worker with an eye for detail, which has allowed the whole group to improve and progress.
“Together we can aim for ambitious goals and I’m sure that together with Charles he can play an important role in fueling the Ferrari legend and writing new chapters in our team’s history.”
Seven-time world champion Hamilton has previously declared his ambition to end his career with Ferrari, to emulate the great Michael Schumacher with whom he shares his championship record, but this contract news sees him potentially finished.
“For years, every time I come to Monza and see the fans, I hear them say ‘Come to Ferrari! “” the Mercedes driver told Sky Italia last October.
“It warms my heart, but it’s quite incredible that I’ve never driven for Ferrari after so many years. Because it’s a dream for everyone, a goal to achieve.
“It was never really possible and I will never know exactly why.
He laughed: “I wish them the best and in the near future I will just have to stop them from winning the world championship instead.
“I have a few Ferraris at home, so I can drive a Ferrari, but not that’s why I wrote to you!”
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