Carlos Sainz is a professional race car driver competing for Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One. The Spanish racer is the son of double World Rally Champion, Carlos Sainz. Before his transfer to Formula One, he raced for Carlin in the European and British Formula 3 and made the championships. He also won the championship while racing for DAMs during the Formula Renault 3.5 season in 2014.
Sainz made several achievements in his professional career. Some of the most notable and current ones happened during the 2019 season when he moved to McLaren and took his first podium finish in Formula One during the Brazilian Grand Prix. He also finished second place in 2020 at Monza before his transfer to Ferrari. During the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, Sainz took second place for Scuderia Ferrari. This was his third and latest podium finish.
Just like many professional race car drivers, Sainz also started his career with Karting. The Madrid-born racer won the Asia-Pacific KF3 title in 2008 and finished as a runner-up in his home country. In 2009, he was the runner-up in the European KF3 Championship and the champion of the Junior Monaco Kart Cup.
After karting, Sainz joined several racing competitions including but not limited to Formula BMW, Formula 3, and GP3. He was also part of Formula Renault 3.5 before finally racing under Formula One. Under Formula One, he rides car number 55 and has finished a total of 127 entries. His first entry into the highest class of international car racing happened during the Australian Grand Prix in 2015 while his latest race was during the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix. He ranked 6th overall in Formula One in 2020. At present, he is ranked 7th in the ongoing season of the 2021 Formula One. He is part of the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Team after leaving McLaren F1 Team in 2020.
He claimed his first F1 race victory at the 2022 British Grand Prix.
Formula One Career Highlights
- 1 win
- 14 podiums
- 2 pole positions
- 738.5 career points
- 3 fastest laps
- 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Champion
- 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Champion