Carlos Sainz aka “smooth operator” is a Spanish driver currently competing in Formula 1 for Scuderia Ferrari. He is the son of Carlos Sainz Sr. Carlos was born on 1 September 1994 in Madrid, Spain.
Both cerebral and instinctive, the Spaniard can reason his way through a race and into the points. His cool demeanor continues off the track, where he is unperturbed by the demands of building a Grand Prix career with a well-known name.
Carlos Sainz has had large racing shoes to fill after following in his renowned father’s tyre tracks. First, at Toro Rosso and Renault, then McLaren, where he replaced his childhood idol Fernando Alonso, and now at Ferrari, where he is occupying Sebastian Vettel‘s seat.
Junior Racing Career
He placed second in the Spanish Championship in 2008 and won the Asia-Pacific KF3 championship. In 2009, he finished second in the European KF3 Championship and won the famous Junior Monaco Kart Cup.
In 2010, Carlos Sainz competed in a Formula BMW Europe event. During a guest drive in the Formula BMW Pacific series, he made his Formula BMW debut. He wasn’t allowed to earn points because he was a guest driver, but in his debut race in Malaysia, he finished second. He didn’t compete in the Japanese races, but he made up for it by winning the Macau season finale. In total, he finished on the pole for three races, won two, and set two fastest laps.
UK Formula Renault Winter Cup
Sainz also competed in the UK Formula Renault Winter Cup, finishing 6th in the first race and retiring from the second race at Snetterton.
Carlos Sainz competed in the British and Euro Series Formula 3 championships during the 2012 campaign. He competed for Carlin and finished sixth overall in the final championship standings while winning four races, making the podium nine times, and earning the pole position in the British championship. He finished ninth overall in the Euro Series championship with two podium finishes and two pole positions.
Carlos Sainz secured a contract with Arden in 2013 to participate in the GP3 series. His first series racing weekend did not go as planned. He was able to qualify in fifth place during the first qualifying session of the year despite receiving a 10-place penalty for disobeying yellow flags during free practice. Sainz was able to finish in 15th place. For race 2, Sainz got off to a 15th-place start. advancing to position seven. Sainz eventually came in at position seven. But after the race, an investigation showed that Sainz’s car was underweight; as a result, he was disqualified and received no points.
Throughout the season, Carlos Sainz got two podiums, finishing overall at tenth place.
Formula Renault 3.5
In 2013, Carlos Sainz competed in a Formula Renault 3.5 race for the first time. He had a challenging season in 2001 since GP3 forced him to miss numerous races. Sainz retired twice, once at Spa and once at the French GP. finishing in P19 overall
He changed teams to DAMS in 2014. He won the second race in the season opener at Monza after placing 18th in the first. He had 25 points when he left Monza. The next weekend at Spa saw two more victories. He won race one at the Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit but retired from race two. However, in comparison to 2013, he had a stronger season. 2014 saw him place first.
Formula 1 career
Toro Rosso (2015 – 2017)
2015, Sainz was a driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso, sharing the track with Max Verstappen. In his first two races, he placed ninth and eighth, but throughout the course of the season, he retired SEVEN times. At the US GP, P7 was his best placing. With a P15 overall ranking.
2016, as compared to 2015, Carlos Sainz had a quite better season. At his home GP, he had his best Formula 1 result till now (sixth). Sainz ended the season twelfth in the Drivers’ Championship, scoring 46 of Toro Rosso’s 63 points.
2017. Sainz earned points in the first two races, but he was disqualified from the Bahrain Grand Prix after colliding with Lance Stroll. The event was attributed to each motorist by the other. Sainz would join Renault for 2018 before the Singapore Grand Prix was revealed. In what he called his “best day in Formula 1,” he finished the race in a career-best fourth place. Sainz was responsible for 48 of Toro Rosso’s 52 points at this point in the season.
Renault (2017 – 2018)
2017, Sainz’s transfer to Renault was expedited, and for the team’s final four races, he paired with Nico Hülkenberg. in the US and Brazilian Grand Prix, finishing seventh and eleventh, and retiring from the Mexican and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With 54 points, Sainz finished the 2017 season in ninth place in the Drivers’ Championship.
2018, Sainz finished in the top ten for each of the first eight races and scored points in all but one of them. With 53 of Renault’s 122 points, Sainz finished the season at P10 in the Drivers’ Championship, three spots behind teammate Hülkenberg. In thirteen of the nineteen races that he finished, Sainz earned points. Despite his performance, Renault chose to retain Hülkenberg over Sainz for the ensuing season, and Daniel Ricciardo took his spot.
McLaren (2019 – 2020)
2019, Sainz ended his relationship with Red Bull by joining McLaren for the 2019 season. He partnered rookie Lando Norris in Fernando Alonso’s place. Sainz’s season got off to a bad start with zero points over the first three games. Sainz continued to gain points after that, frequently finishing in the top three drivers behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull.
The Austrian Grand Prix, when he finished eighth after starting twentieth, was one of his outstanding performances. He scored points at eight of the following nine races. Sainz passed Hülkenberg to take P10 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, earning one point and moving up to P6 in the drivers’ standings. Sainz scored 96 points, one more than Pierre Gasly and four more than Albon.
2020, At the Austrian Grand Prix, Sainz finished fifth to start the year. His third-place qualifying finish for the Styrian Grand Prix was the highest of his career at the time. Sainz’s slow pit stop contributed to him finishing in ninth place, but he set a new Red Bull Ring lap record and turned in his first Formula One fastest lap. For the second year in a row, Sainz placed sixth in the Drivers’ Championship at the conclusion of the 2020 season. At the time, his 105 points and six top-five finishes represented career highs.
Ferrari (2021 – present)
2021, With Charles Leclerc as his partner and Sebastian Vettel as his replacement, Sainz joined Scuderia Ferrari on a two-year deal beginning with the 2021 season. At the Monaco Grand Prix, he earned his third podium of his career and his first with Ferrari. Valtteri Bottas’ second-place result was aided by Charles Leclerc’s inability to start the race and a problem with his pit stop.
At the Turkish Grand Prix, he improved to eighth place after starting from the back of the grid due to engine component penalties. At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sainz earned a podium finish for the fourth time this year. Sainz finished the year with 164.5 points, fifth in the Drivers’ Championship.
2022, For the first race of the year in Bahrain, he qualified third. Max Verstappen’s retirement allowed him to move up to second place behind Charles Leclerc, giving Ferrari a 1-2 finish and an early lead in the Constructors’ Championship. He had been running in third place up until that point. Sainz won his first Formula One pole position in a rainy qualifying session for his 150th Formula One racing start, the British Grand Prix.
Carlos Sainz won the British Grand Prix in 2022, becoming the first driver from pole position in Formula 1. With eight victories, placing fifth overall.
Reyes Vazquez de Castro/Monic Sainz is Carlos Sainz Jr.’s mother, and Carlos Sainz Sr. is his father. His father had amassed fame by winning numerous competitions, including the World Rally Championship thrice. As Sainz Jr. grew older, his father eventually served while a mentor for him as he pursued a career in Formula One racing.
Carlos Sainz girlfriend
Currently, Carlos Sainz girlfiend is Isabel Hernaez, a fellow Spaniard. Spanish-born Isabel Hernaez, has a bachelor’s degree in bilingual journalism. She works as a publicity representative in the fashion industry at the moment.
Both Sainz and Hernaez are very private about their relationship, having not posted pictures of each other on their respective Instagram accounts.
Carlos Sainz net worth is currently valued at $49m and Carlos Sainz salary is said to be $12m a year at Ferrari.
Living in the shadow of sporting legends is never easy, but Carlos Sainz has demonstrated the motivation and attitude to deal with it, and in 2022 he won his first F1 race with a victory at Silverstone. Vamos!