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Sainz to race F1 for Ferrari until 2024

In the same fortnight that he spun out of the Australian Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz has renewed his contract with Ferrari for a further two seasons.

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who moved from McLaren to Ferrari in 2021 as a replacement for four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, finished fifth in the overall standings and helped Ferrari secure third in the constructors’ battle in his debut season.

While he failed to finish the Australian Grand Prix after his second-lap mishap, he has otherwise enjoyed a strong start to the 2022 season, and is third in the drivers’ standings after podium finishes in the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Sainz’s team mate Charles Leclerc has won two of the first three races, finishing second in the other, and has a 34-point lead in the championship.

Ferrari, who last won a title in 2008 and failed to win a race in 2020 and 2021, also lead the constructors’ standings by 39 points from champions Mercedes.

“I have always said that there is no better team to race for and after over a year with them, I can confirm that putting on this race suit and representing this team is unique and incomparable,” Sainz said in a statement on Thursday.

“I believe we have the best driver pairing in Formula One and so, with every passing race, it seemed a completely natural step to extend Carlos’ contract, thus ensuring stability and continuity,” team principal Mattia Binotto said.

“In his time so far with the team, he has proved to have the talent we expected from him, delivering impressive results and making the most of all opportunities.”

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola this weekend, round four of 23, is a home one for Ferrari at the Italian circuit named after company founder Enzo and son Dino.

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