Keep it in the Family

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr is to make way for Lewis Hamilton in 2025.

Carlos isn’t just a driver with potential but one with racing in his DNA. 

His father, Carlos Sainz Sr, known as ‘El Matador,’ began his rally career in the early 1980s, driving for various teams and manufacturers.

His greatest success during the 1990s was winning two World Rally Championships (WRC) in 1990 and 1992, driving for the Toyota team.

Later in his career, Sainz Sr joined the Audi Sport team and competed in the World Rally Championship, driving the dominant Audi Quattro.

Young Carlos was born in Madrid in 1994 and entered Formula 1 in 2015, consistently delivering results and surprising with a podium finish with McLaren in 2019.

 He joined Scuderia Ferrari for the 2021 and 2022 seasons, marking a fresh start for Ferrari, opting for youth over seasoned drivers. 

He was favoured over Daniel Ricciardo.

With Hamilton set to replace him at Ferrari, Sainz Jr.’s future points towards Mercedes, who will seek a replacement. 

With his talent and availability on the F1 market for 2025, Sainz Jr is the ideal candidate for the job.

His stunning victory at the Australian Grand Prix has triggered a debate about whether he is Formula 1’s most underrated driver.

Carlos is a potential target for Audi’s F1 team when they enter the sport in 2026 through the takeover of the Sauber team.

Adding to the Family’s motorsport legacy is Carlos Oñoro, Sainz Jr’s cousin and manager.