2021 will mark the start of a new adventure for Carlos Sainz. The pilot altar McLaren will leave the fold of Woking to join the Scuderia ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel, and thus begin a period of importance in his career.
The son of the double world rally champion hopes to be able to forge strong ties with his future team. "They're going to find an extremely hard-working guy who is going to Italy, spending a lot of time in Maranello, the same way I spent a lot of time at McLaren, confesses Sainz on the F1 site.
And I'm going to try to build something special with Ferrari, like I tried to build something special at McLaren. "
McLaren who did not try to disrupt unduly the departure of his current driver, as Sainz specifies. "The key to this process was the clarity and openness of all parties involved to achieve it, he details.
When I felt that Ferrari wanted to hire me for 2021, I went directly to talk to Zak Brown (executive director of McLaren). He said, "Okay, we'll let you talk to Ferrari, stay in touch to see how it goes."
It makes me incredibly proud and the way it has all been handled makes me very happy and very grateful to Zak and his team. "
Carlos Sainz will be replaced at McLaren by Daniel Ricciardo, himself departing from Renault at the end of the year.