Ferrari has confirmed that Carlos Sainz will replace Sebastian Vettel at the team in 2021, after signing a two year contract.
It was announced on Tuesday that four-time Formula 1 world champion, Vettel was leaving the team at the end of 2020 and Sainz immediately became the favourite to replace him.
After McLaren announced earlier on Thursday that they had signed Ricciardo for 2021, Ferrari followed suit and confirmed that Sainz will join the team on a two year deal.
Sainz, who is 25, will join 22-year-old Charles Leclerc at the Maranello-based squad making it the youngest driver pairing at Ferrari in the last 50 years.
Speaking about the announcement, Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto said: “I’m pleased to announce that Carlos will join Scuderia Ferrari as from the 2021 championship.
“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.
“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.”
It will be Sainz’s first time in a car capable of regularly winning races, after spending previous seasons in the midfield at McLaren, Renault and Toro Rosso, and he confirmed that he was “excited” about his future with the team.
The driver announcements mean there is now a seat available at Renault, and the team has two world champions in Vettel and Fernando Alonso to consider.