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Ferrari confirms Sainz will replace Vettel in 2021

Ferrari confirms Sainz will replace Vettel in 2021”

It was announced on Tuesday that Vettel will leave Ferrari when his contract expires at the end of this season, and 48 hours later Carlos Sainz was confirmed as his replacement.

He excelled in his first season with McLaren past year and his strong race performances have earned him the call-up from Ferrari.

Sainz Jr., the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, will replace Sebastian Vettel.

Although the sport's rules revolution has been delayed until 2022, due to financial uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, Alonso, who earned £25 million a year at the end of his second spell at McLaren, is still open to persuasion to rejoin on a much-reduced salary.

Sainz, the son of the two-time World Rally Championship victor of the same name, enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 which included the first F1 podium finish of his career so far at the Brazilian Grand Prix. "I am very happy that I will be driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 2021 and I'm excited about my future with the team".

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown hailed the signing of Ricciardo, saying it was "another step forward" for the F1 team.

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Ferrari have identified Sainz as the ideal support driver for Charles Leclerc, whose starring performances in his first season with the team a year ago undermined Vettel's status and precipitated his departure when he was not prepared to accept diminished contractual terms. "He is a real team player, and we wish him well for his future". "He's got quite a lot of experience despite his tender years, and I think it's a really good match with Charles Leclerc".

Instead, Ricciardo will be joining Lando Norris, effectively filling the vacancy left by Sainz - and the expectations for the dynamic duo are high. "My next chapter isn't here yet, so let's finish this one strong".

The 30-year-old Australian had a hard time last season, his first with the French manufacturer after making a surprise move from Red Bull.

Ricciardo's departure leaves a space at Renault alongside Frenchman Esteban Ocon, assuming the vehicle manufacturer stays in F1 next year.

Charles Leclerc, whose resume consists of the two wins, seven podiums and 10 podium finishes he claimed past year, is now the senior driver.



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