Carlos Sainz and McLaren for 2019
Just two days following the announcement that Fernando Alonso won’t be racing in Formula 1 for the 2019 season and McLaren have confirmed today that his replacement will be Carlos Sainz who will be leaving the Renault Sport Racing team at the end of the season.
Whilst it sounds like a retirement for Fernando Alonso, he has hinted that he may return to the sport (and the team) in the future but at the moment, he is stepping away from the sport to go on new adventures.
The deal for Carlos Sainz is reportedly and multi-year deal with McLaren and below, you can see the statement from Carlos Sainz about the announcement.
Carlos Sainz: “I’m delighted to finally be able to confirm that I’ll be a McLaren driver from the 2019 season. It’s something I’ve been looking at for a while and I’m very excited about this next chapter in my career.”
“I’ve been a McLaren fan for as long as I can remember. It’s a great name in the sport with an incredible heritage, and the list of drivers that have raced for McLaren over the years are among the heroes of Formula 1.”
“Fernando is of course one of them, so it’s particularly special that I’ll be taking his seat as part of the next generation of Spanish racing drivers behind the wheel of a McLaren.”
“Finally, I’d like to thank everyone at McLaren for giving me this opportunity to fulfil a childhood dream. The team has a long-term plan for the future and I’m very much looking forward to playing a key role in its journey back to success.”
Here’s a tweet from the driver following the announcement.
Here’s what Zak Brown (McLaren Racing Chief Executive Officer) had to say about the signing of Carlos Sainz.
Zak Brown: “We’re incredibly excited to have Carlos join us as a McLaren driver. We’ve been assessing him for some time now and rate him very highly among the next generation of young talent emerging through the ranks in Formula 1.”
“Carlos brings with him the perfect blend of youth and experience. Although he’s just 23, he’ll be starting his fifth season in the sport with us and will bring with him a huge amount of racing experience, both in Formula 1 and with our partner Renault.”
“It’s no secret that Carlos is a huge admirer of Fernando’s, and it’s fitting that he will be stepping into his seat as a Spaniard with a legendary name in motorsport.”
“We think he’ll be a great fit for McLaren and we’re really excited to have him join us from next season and beyond.”