Spaniard Carlos Sainz has been confirmed to replace Fernando Alonso at Mclaren. Fernando Alonso is leaving the sport as he announced this week about his departure from the sport. Alonso has won two World titles, 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums, during his time in Formula 1 which is a great achievement as he’s been in the sport since 2001 which was 17 years ago. His first debate was the at 2001 Australian Grand Prix which he drove for Minardi.
Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing, commented on this reveal:
“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.”
– Source (Mclaren.com)
Carlos Sainz states:
“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.”
McLaren has yet to confirm whether Stoffel Vandoorne will stay on as Sainz’s team-mate or the chance that Lando Norris could be his teammate.
Next question is where will Fernando Alonso go next? Who will be Sainz teammate?
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