Carlos Sainz’s F1 dream comes true

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Carlos Sainz will be at the wheel of a Formula One car in 2015, having joined Scuderia Toro Rosso. 

(ISN) – The Italian team’s line-up is now complete with the Spaniard joining Max Verstappen at the team headquarters in Faenza. When they make their debuts next year, rookies Carlos and Max will break F1 history as the youngest-ever driver pairing in F1.


You can imagine the size of the smile on my face when Dr Helmut Marko told me I was going to be a Toro Rosso driver.

– Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz only found out he’d landed the seat a few days ago in Abu Dhabi. “You can imagine the size of the smile on my face when Dr Helmut Marko told me I was going to be a Toro Rosso driver for 2015. I couldn’t be more grateful to him for supporting me, believing in me and helping me to realise my dream.”

But his path to motorsports’ top tier has been far from easy. He endured a turbulent season on his way to the World Series by Renault title this year. “It’s definitely been a rollercoaster for me this season and it was difficult to stay focused on winning. But from the moment I jumped into the car for the World Series by Renault, I knew that I had to win the title to be in with a shot at the 2015 STR seat.

 

“So although there have been many distractions, it was clear that I needed to keep my focus on winning throughout the whole year. I’m sure that securing the championship at my home race in Jerez was the key to getting me here today.”

Red Bull Motorsports Adviser Dr Helmut Marko, who has mentored Carlos on his road to Formula One, agreed that Carlos’s growing maturity and committed performance had underlined his F1 credentials. “He convinced us by winning this year’s World Series title – and especially doing so with a record of seven wins. Nobody in the history of the series has matched Carlos in that regard. He’s matured a lot in the last two years.”

He’s done everything we expected, so I’d say he was the natural choice.

– Dr Helmut Marko

But it was actually his performance in testing in Abu Dhabi that finally secured the seat. “The test in Abu Dhabi in the Formula One car [for Infiniti Red Bull Racing] was really confirmed to us he was the right man for the seat. He had a very successful test. He did 100 laps, the speed was good, the technical feedback was good. He’s done everything we expected, so I’d say he was the natural choice.”

Carlos Sainz grew up dreaming of racing in F1. “I’ll never forget when I woke up at night to watch the F1 GP of Australia when I was five,” he recalls. “I didn’t want to miss a single race.”

Carlos getting to grips with the Formula One grid

Carlos getting to grips with the Formula One grid© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Fifteen years on and Carlos is an F1 driver. From his first laps in karts, through all the formulas and single-seater series he’s driven on his way to the top, he’s now entitled to take his place at the pinnacle of motorsport.

“I’ve been fighting for this for a long time, ever since I started racing go-karts when I was 10 years old. So to be confirmed as a Toro Rosso driver 10 years later is a dream come true,” he says.

I’ve had a very successful season in World Series by Renault this year and now I’m looking forward to taking the step up to Formula One.

– Carlos Sainz

“I’m really happy to have landed the drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Ever since I’ve been part of Red Bull’s Young Driver Programme, this has been my aim,”, says an excited Carlos. “I’ve had a very successful season in World Series by Renault this year and now I’m looking forward to taking the step up to Formula One.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost agrees that Carlos Sainz’s talent and attitude have helped him to seal “a well-deserved win in this year’s World Series”.

Carlos Sainz gets ready to step it up

Carlos Sainz gets ready to step it up© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost agrees that Carlos Sainz’s talent and attitude have helped him to seal “a well-deserved win in this year’s World Series”.

“I have watched Carlos progress through the junior categories,” says Franz, “always improving as he moved higher up the ladder.”

Carlos really surprised me and his engineers that day, with his mature approach and his speed.

– Franz Tost

But there’s a key moment Franz keeps in his mind: “I also remember the day’s testing he did with us at Silverstone in 2013 in the STR8. He really surprised me and his engineers that day, with his mature approach and his speed.”

Carlos knows he needs to learn fast to be ready for the action, with the first F1 test of 2015 at the beginning of February.

“In the next few months, I’ll be working hard on my preparation, ready to get in the cockpit at Jerez for the first test of next year,” he says. “It’ll be nice to make my official debut as a Formula One driver in my home country!”

The test takes place on February 1, so there’s no time to lose!

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