Carlos Sainz Jr. Signs Two-Year Contract Extension with Scuderia Ferrari
Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrating with Scuderia Ferrari his second place finish at the Bahrain GP. March 20, 2022. Photo Courtesy: Scuderia Ferrari Media.

Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr. and Scuderia Ferrari have agreed on a multi-year contract extension valid through to the end of 2024, the team from Maranello confirmed Thursday.

The Prancing Horse squad, which will race on home soil this weekend in Imola, is enjoying a dream start to the 2022 season, leading the constructors and driver’s championships with a young and talented pairing formed by Monegasque Charles Leclerc and Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

Leclerc opened the season, taking victory for Ferrari at the Bahrain GP, and most recently, just two weeks ago, he emerged victorious again at the Australian GP.

The pairing has been taking the best out of the F1-75; Sainz claimed the second place in Bahrain and a third place in the following race held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

I am delighted to have renewed my contract with Scuderia Ferrari. 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 all my expectations have been exceeded,” Sainz outlined.

The 27-year-old, born in Madrid, joined the iconic Italian team ahead of the 2021 season, in which he went on to showcase his potential, finishing fifth in the driver’s overall standings, also a personal best career end to a season since he entered the pinnacle of motorsport in 2015 at Toro Rosso.

Moreover, Sainz’s consistency across the season led him to score valuable points for the team in all but two (Portugal and France GP) of the 22 races featured in the FIA Formula One World Championship calendar.

The highlights of his debut year as a Ferrari driver came at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, finishing the famous race in second place.

Additional accomplishments took place in Hungary, Russia, and Abu Dhabi, where he stepped into the podium after crossing the finish line in third place on each occasion.

Putting on this race suit and representing this team is a great honor for me, and I really look forward to keep enjoying our journey together.

My first season at Maranello was solid and constructive, with the whole group progressing together, and the result of all that work has been clear to see so far season,” he added.

Carlos seems to follow in his father’s footsteps, Carlos Sainz Sr., better known by the nickname ‘El Matador’ - a remarkably talented and successful rally driver who continues to compete at the highest level in motorsport at age 60.

For his part, Sainz Jr., a former Toro Rosso, Renault and McLaren driver, has contested 143 races in Formula 1, 25 with Ferrari, building a solid career, showing his driving skills behind the wheel as his commitment to putting up the work, also, off the track.

I feel confident and hugely motivated after this renewal as it shows the trust 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,” Leclerc’s teammate further commented.

When I joined the team in 2021, the goal was to help Ferrari get back to the winning ways and to fight for both Championships.”

Now, the F1-75 is proving to be a front-runner, which truly allows me to chase those goals.”

Thus far into 2022, the Spaniard stands in third place in the driver’s championship following the first three rounds of the season, summing up 33 points at the wheel of the F1-75.

Mattia Binotto, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal & Managing Director, asserted: “I have said several times that I believe we have the best driver pairing in Formula 1, and so, with every passing race, it seemed a completely natural step to extend Carlos’ contract, thus ensuring stability and continuity.

In his time so far, with the team, he has proved to have the talent we expected from him, delivering impressive results and making the most of all opportunities.”

Binotto also remarked: “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.

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.”

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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