The departure of Sebastian Vettel from Scuderia Ferrari has triggered a series of driver switches in the Formula 1 teams. Ferrari has just announced signing up Carlos Sainz as their driver for 2021 and 2022 F1 World Championship, alongside Charles Leclerc. McLaren today confirmed that after a year of collaboration, Carlos Sainz is leaving the Woking team. Ferrari would be Sainzs fourth Formula 1 team after his 2015 debut with Toro Rosso. “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,” said team principal Mattia Binotto.
McLaren was quick to fill the empty seat and has swopped Daniel Ricciardo as Carlos Sainz replacement for 2021 on a “multi-year” deal. The Australian is currently through a two-year deal with Renault after leaving Red Bull at the end of 2018, but has now clearly decided McLaren to be a better bet for his future, especially with Mercedes engines from next year. McLaren has also confirmed that current driver Lando Norris will remain with the team for a third year in 2021, partnering Ricciardo.
Vettle rejected a McLaren deal, saying it would take him two to three years to develop the car into a winning race machine and does not want to go to a midfield team which doesn’t leave him with options for next year. From 2021, McLaren is switching to Mercedes powered engines- shifting to a proven race-winning formula which also remains relatively mysterious given the changing regulations. The future looks bleak for Vettle as he declined his true potential seat. The 4 times World Champion is unlikely to even consider midfield teams, given his stance on McLaren.