Spanish Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz will remain at Ferrari till the end of the 2024 season following a contract extension.
Sainz, who currently sits third in the 2022 F1 Drivers’ Championship finished fifth in last year’s championship, beating out teammate and current 2022 leader Charles Leclerc. The Spaniard has also had one of his best starts to an F1 campaign despite retiring from the Australian Grand Prix.
“I am very happy to have renewed my contract with Scuderia Ferrari,” Sainz said to the official F1 website.
“I have always said that there is no better Formula 1 team to race for and after over a year with them, I can confirm that putting on this race suit and representing this team is unique and incomparable.
“My first season at Maranello was solid and constructive, with the whole group progressing together. The result of all that work has been clear to see so far season.
“I feel strengthened by this renewed show of confidence in me and now I can’t wait to get in the car, to do my best for Ferrari and to give its fans plenty to cheer about. The F1-75 is proving to be a front-runner, which can allow me to chase my goals on track, starting with taking my first Formula 1 win.”
Binotto imprssed with Sainz’s work ethic
“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,” Sainz’s boss Mattia Binotto added.
“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.”
Despite accumulating a series of podium finishes with both Ferrari and McLaren, a race win has so far eluded Sainz. However, given the pace of Ferrari’s 2022 challenger, the F1-75, it is a matter of when rather than if the Spaniard can finally break his duck.