Sainz to join Ferrari: The Spaniard's career to date

By Sports Desk May 14, 2020

Ferrari will pair Charles Leclerc with Carlos Sainz in 2021 as the Italian team looks to get back to Formula One's summit.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Sainz would fill the void left by Sebastian Vettel's departure at the end of the 2020 season.

Ferrari revealed the 25-year-old Spaniard and Leclerc, 22, would form their youngest driving pairing in 50 years.

Following the announcement of his impending move, take a look at Sainz's career so far.

 

2014 - A 3.5 SERIES CHAMPION

The son of Carlos Sainz - a double World Rally Championship title-winner - Sainz Junior was perhaps always destined for a life on the track.

In 2009 he won the prestigious Junior Monaco Kart Cup, a race whose previous winners include Vettel, Leclerc and Robert Kubica. 

Sainz later raced in British and European championships and made his mark at the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, winning seven races with DAMS to take the title and draw interest from F1 teams...

2015 - TOP TEN ON F1 DEBUT

A month after winning the 3.5 Series, it was confirmed Sainz would be making the step up to F1 with Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso.

Sainz, who was part of Red Bull's young driver programme, finished ninth on debut at the Australian Grand Prix and went one better in Malaysia.

He finished the season with seven top-10 finishes and 18 points to come 15th in the final standings.

2017 - RACING FOR RENAULT

Sainz collected 46 points in 2016 and ended up 12th in the championship standings. He particularly impressed in the wet weather in Brazil, where he came home sixth having started 15th on the grid.

He improved again in 2017, finishing inside the top 10 in six of the opening eight races, form which led to him accepting a move to Renault for 2018.

That was brought forward for the final four races of the 2017 season, though, after Jolyon Palmer left Renault, and Sainz concluded the season with 54 points to finish ninth in the drivers' standings.

2019 - MAKING THE MOVE TO MCLAREN

Sainz had just one full campaign with Renault - his fifth-place finish in Azerbaijan his best return - and switched to McLaren for 2019, replacing compatriot Fernando Alonso.

He had a far from ideal start with his new team, retiring in Australia and then crashing in Bahrain and China, before he began to consistently finish among the points.

And Sainz showed his comfort in the McLaren around the Red Bull Ring, making his way through the field to finish eighth at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix having started from the back of the grid.

2019 - FIRST PODIUM IN BRAZIL, SIXTH IN THE STANDINGS

A spot in the top three had proved elusive for Sainz in his F1 career - and that did not look like changing when he lined up at the back of the pack for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

However, an incredible race saw Sainz cross the line fourth, but a promotion into the top three was forthcoming when Lewis Hamilton was handed a post-race penalty.

It was McLaren's first podium in 2,072 days - a barren run for the team stretching back to the Australian GP in 2014 - as a one-stop strategy at Interlagos paid off.

Related items

  • MotoGP 2020: Marquez stand-in Bradl to sit out Emilia-Romagna GP MotoGP 2020: Marquez stand-in Bradl to sit out Emilia-Romagna GP

    Repsol Honda rider Stefan Bradl will miss the Emilia Romagna and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix because of an arm injury.

    Bradl has filled in for Marc Marquez - the six-time world champion who broke an arm in the MotoGP season opener at Jerez - but is battling ongoing issues in his own right arm.

    The German competed in the first practice session at Misano but was 1.3 seconds adrift of Fabio Quartararo, who set the pace with a time of one minute and 31.271 seconds.

    Following discussions with Honda, Bradl will sit out the rest of the race weekend.

    "Unfortunately, I am still having problems with my right arm and I am unable to ride in a safe and consistent way," Bradl said.

    "I spoke with my doctor and we performed a small operation to clean the nerve before this weekend, but when they opened the arm they saw the situation was more complicated than they first thought.

    "I came to Misano with the intention of racing because my doctor told me it would be okay to race. But in this situation, I do not feel I can ride safely over a whole race, together with HRC [Honda Racing Corporation] we have decided to take the rest of the week to recover before Barcelona."

    FP2 saw Brad Binder of KTM lead the way with a lap of 1:31.628.

  • Stats Perform's NFL Friday Facts: Veterans Belichick and Carroll do battle in Week 2 Stats Perform's NFL Friday Facts: Veterans Belichick and Carroll do battle in Week 2

    The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were among the most impressive teams in Week 1 - now they meet at CenturyLink Field on Sunday Night Football.

    Cam Newton, Tom Brady's replacement at quarterback, led New England to a 21-11 victory over the Miami Dolphins, while Russell Wilson put on a passing clinic when completing 31 of his 35 attempts in Seattle's 38-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

    A repeat of Super Bowl XLIX is the standout game of Sunday's slate, though there are plenty more mouth-watering encounters, including the Baltimore Ravens facing the Houston Texans.

    Here we break down the big matchups using Stats Perform data.

     

    FEATURE GAME

    Patriots at Seahawks - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

    - This will be the first game in NFL history in which both teams will have a head coach aged 68 or older. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is 69, while Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 68.

    - Newton led the Patriots with 75 yards rushing on a game-high 15 carries in his Pats debut last week. Should he finish as New England's leading rusher again in Seattle, Newton will be his team's leading rusher for a 37th time - a new record for the most such games by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

    - New England have won eight straight games against NFC opponents, including their Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams, dating back to a loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 3 of the 2018 season.

    OTHER KEY GAMES

    Rams at Eagles - Sunday, 1pm

    - The Eagles have won the last six meetings between these teams, including one-score wins in Los Angeles in 2017 (43-35) and 2018 (30-23). They have averaged 32.2 points during the win streak, with at least 30 points in each of the last five meetings.

    Broncos at Steelers - Sunday, 1pm

    - The Broncos have won four of the last five games against the Steelers, including two playoff wins. Four of those five games were decided by seven points or fewer.

    Chiefs at Chargers - Sunday, 4.25pm

    - After starting last season 6-4, Kansas City have won 10 straight games - regular season and playoffs. The streak began last November with a win over the Chargers in Mexico City. Each of the last seven victories have come by a double-digit margin; since 2000, only the 2007 Patriots (eight games) have had a longer streak of wins by 10 or more points.

    Ravens at Texans - Sunday, 4.25pm

    - The Ravens have gone 12 straight regular-season games without trailing in the second half, the longest streak by any NFL team since the Chicago Bears had a 12-game streak from 1933-34. The last team to have a streak longer than 12 games was the Green Bay Packers from 1929-30 (18).

    Saints at Raiders - Monday, 4.15pm

    - Josh Jacobs had three rushing touchdowns in Week 1, becoming the first Raider to do so since Latavius Murray, who is now with New Orleans, had three in Week 9 of 2016. Only two Raiders have rushed for three touchdowns more than once – Marcus Allen (five times) and Pete Banaszak (twice).

    ELSEWHERE...

    Falcons at Cowboys - Sunday, 1pm

    - Dak Prescott has not been intercepted in his last 223 pass attempts going back to last November, the longest streak in Cowboys history. Troy Aikman held the previous mark at 216 passes in 1999.

    Lions at Packers - Sunday, 1pm

    - Green Bay have won seven straight home openers since a 30-22 loss against the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. That is the second-longest active streak of its kind, behind the Seahawks (11 straight).

  • Premier League Fantasy Picks: Fernandes a vital choice as Man Utd get started Premier League Fantasy Picks: Fernandes a vital choice as Man Utd get started

    The new 2020-21 season is really kicking into gear as Premier League matchweek two approaches.

    After prior European commitments delayed Manchester City and Manchester United starting their respective campaigns, there is a full slate of matches this weekend.

    That means there is plenty of opportunity for fantasy managers to make up for missing out on Mohamed Salah, Jamie Vardy or even Jeff Hendrick last week.

    Need to get back on track or build on a strong start? This Opta-powered selection provides some must-haves for the coming round of matches.

     

    EMILIANO MARTINEZ

    Picking an Arsenal goalkeeper heading into the campaign was slightly risky business with two vying for the first-choice spot. Fortunately, with Emiliano Martinez leaving for Aston Villa, the matter has been settled.

    From his first start last season on June 25, following Bernd Leno's injury, Martinez made more saves (31) than any other top-flight keeper and only trailed Nick Pope (85.3) and Ederson (81.8) in terms of save percentage (81.1). He kept three clean sheets, too.

    Only Bournemouth and Norwich City - both relegated - managed fewer clean sheets than Villa's seven last term, yet one of those came at home to Monday's visitors Sheffield United.

     

    LUCAS DIGNE

    Everton left-back Lucas Digne was certainly worth having on the opening weekend. He contributed to a clean sheet at Tottenham and also supplied the assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin's decisive goal.

    But that display was no one-off.

    Only Liverpool pair Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson (both 13) have more Premier League assists from defence than Digne (eight) since the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

    Over that same spell, the Frenchman ranks second for chances created (73) and passes played into the box (320) by defenders and third (150) in terms of open-play crosses. He can test out that supply line at home to West Brom.

     

    TARIQ LAMPTEY

    Although beaten against former club Chelsea last time out, Tariq Lamptey continues to show himself to be an all-round package for Brighton and Hove Albion.

    From right-back, the 19-year-old has created the most chances from open play (eight - tied with two others), supplied the most crosses (24), completed the most dribbles (17) and made the most interceptions (19) of any Brighton player since June 2020.

    If Brighton get a result at Newcastle United, Lamptey is likely to be in the points.

     

    WILLIAN

    New signing Willian gave Arsenal fans and fantasy managers alike a taste of what they can expect on opening day.

    At Fulham, he became the first player to contribute two assists on his Premier League debut for Arsenal since Ray Parlour against Liverpool in August 1992.

    Since June 2020, Willian trails only Robertson (six) in terms of assists (four) and Kevin De Bruyne (40) for chances created (28), with struggling West Ham up next at home.

     

    BRUNO FERNANDES

    Joining in January, Bruno Fernandes quickly established himself as a star fantasy performer last season. There is little reason to suggest he will not be similarly effective this term.

    The Manchester United midfielder has been involved in 20 goals (including eight assists) in all competitions since his arrival from Sporting CP, the most of any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's players.

    Indeed, Fernandes leads the way across the whole Premier League in that regard, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17 involvements) second. United face Crystal Palace.

     

    HARRY KANE

    Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has tended to start Premier League seasons slowly, but his record against Southampton - this week's opponents - is particularly impressive.

    The England captain has nine goals in his past nine league games against the Saints, only tallying more often in clashes with Leicester City (14) and Arsenal (10).

    Kane will no doubt be determined to continue that scoring streak this weekend, having suffered a torn hamstring at Southampton in January that checked his 2019-20 campaign.

     

    JAMIE VARDY

    Needed to check he has still got it? Vardy again proved his worth with a brace for Leicester against West Brom last week.

    Those strikes improved his total since the start of last season to 25 in the league, while he also leads the way for shot conversion rates (27.47 per cent) among those with 10 or more goals in that time.

    Even at 33, it is too early to write off Vardy, who will aim to dampen Burnley's new-season optimism on Sunday.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.