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Official: Sainz joins McLaren for 2019

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16/08/2018

McLaren has confirmed that Carlos Sainz has signed a multi-year deal to drive for the Woking outfit from 2019.

Sainz, who currently sits 11th in the drivers' championship standings with 30 points, will enter his fifth season of F1 when he joins McLaren in 2019.

Part of a legendary racing dynasty, in his early racing career Sainz won the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship and came runner-up in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, both in 2011. He made his debut in Formula 1 at the start of the 2015 season as reigning Formula Renault 3.5 series champion, with seven poles and seven wins.

"We're incredibly excited to have Carlos join us as a McLaren driver," said Zak Brown. "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."

"I'm delighted to finally be able to confirm that I'll be a McLaren driver from 2019," said Sainz. "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 will communicate its full driver line-up for the 2019 season in due course.

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2. Posted by Mugmug, 17/08/2018 11:32

"Another nail in McLaren's coffin"

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3. Posted by FQITW, 16/08/2018 18:18

"That's his career down the toilet then."

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4. Posted by Burton, 16/08/2018 18:09

"Very underwhelming."

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5. Posted by Yeyox02, 16/08/2018 17:40

"Alonso will take a sabbatical and will be back."

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6. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 16/08/2018 16:35

"Agree with @TestaRossa"

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7. Posted by *TestaRossa*, 16/08/2018 15:31

"Crushed by Hulkenberg and Verstappen but his daddy knows how to get him in a team again. Good luck Mac LOL"

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