Components One driver Carlos Sainz appears to have impressed Ferrari sufficient after his 2021 debut season with the squad, as his contract, which was as a result of expire this yr, has been prolonged by 2024.
Ferrari and Sainz introduced the settlement on Thursday, previous to the beginning of preparations for this weekend’s particular Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to be held at Italy’s Imola.
“I really feel strengthened by this renewed present of confidence in me and now I can’t wait to get within the automotive, to do my greatest for Ferrari and to offer its followers a lot to cheer about,” Sainz mentioned in a press release.
Fellow Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has a contract that lasts by 2024 and he has expressed curiosity in extending this by 2026.
In contrast to with some earlier pairings, Ferrari’s present drivers have rapport, which additionally helped with the choice of extending Sainz’s contract, in accordance with Staff Principal Mattia Binotto.
“I’ve mentioned a number of occasions that I imagine now we have the most effective driver pairing in Components One and so, with each passing race, it appeared a very pure step to increase Carlos’ contract, thus making certain stability and continuity,” Binotto mentioned in a press release.
Sainz, who’s but to win a grand prix, has competed in F1 since 2015, initially with Toro Rosso, after which Renault and McLaren. He joined Ferrari in 2021 and managed to complete that season in fifth place with 164.5 factors. Leclerc completed the season in seventh place with 159 factors.
After the primary three rounds of the 2022 season, Sainz is in third place with 33 factors. Leclerc is in first place with 71 factors, whereas Mercedes-Benz AMG newcomer George Russell is in second place with 37 factors.