Ferrari confirm Carlos Sainz as Sebastian Vettel's replacement

Ferrari has officially confirmed that McLaren driver Carlos Sainz will be joining the team to replace Sebastian Vettel from 2021.

Vettel and Ferrari released a joint statement on Tuesday to confirm the overnight rumours that the two parties had failed to reach an agreement over a contract extension for the four-time World Champion.

Later on the very same day, it emerged that Sainz was in the advanced stages of negotiations with Ferrari to replace Vettel and only the minor details needed to be resolved. Now they have, with Sainz signing a two-year contract.

McLaren stole Ferrari’s limelight a little by being first to announce Daniel Ricciardo was joining Lando Norris in 2021, which of course all but confirmed Sainz’s move to to the Scuderia.

Sainz has followed his good friend and compatriot Fernando Alonso in racing for the same teams in the same order, with both starting their careers at Toro Rosso (Minardi), before moving to Renault, on to McLaren and then Ferrari.

The confirmation of Sainz to Ferrari and Ricciardo to McLaren now puts all eyes on Renault.

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