Sainz to replace Vettel at Scuderia Ferrari in 2021
"I am very happy that I will be driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 2021 and I'm excited about my future with the team", said Carlos Sainz. He has signed a two-year deal will Scuderia. "I still have an important year ahead with McLaren Racing and I'm looking forward to going racing with them again this season", he added.
"With five seasons already behind him, Carlos has proved to be very talented and has shown that he has the technical ability and the right attributes to make him an ideal fit with our family.", said Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto. "We've embarked on a new cycle with the aim of getting back to the top in Formula 1. It will be a long journey, not without its difficulties, especially given the current financial and regulatory situation, which is undergoing a sudden change and will require this challenge to be tackled in a different way to the recent past."
"We believe that a driver pairing with the talent and personality of Charles and Carlos, the youngest in the past fifty years of the Scuderia, will be the best possible combination to help us reach the goals we have set ourselves."
McLaren confirmed earlier today that Sainz would be leaving the team at the end of the year after the signing of Daniel Ricciardo, whose own departure from Renault was also confirmed in a flurry of announcements.
Sainz was one of the breakout stars of the 2019 season as he finished sixth in the championship for McLaren, scoring the team's first podium in almost six years at the Brazilian Grand Prix.