MCLAREN have signed up Carlos Sainz to interchange Fernando Alonso subsequent season.
Sainz, 23, is at present driving for Renault on mortgage from Crimson Bull, however has been allowed to affix the Woking-based workforce.
The Spaniard has raced in 72 GPs and could have the large job of filling the footwear left vacant by his countryman Alonso, who won’t race in F1 subsequent season.
Sainz stated: “I’m delighted to lastly be capable to affirm that I’ll be a McLaren driver from the 2019 season. It’s one thing I’ve been for some time and I’m very enthusiastic about this subsequent chapter in my profession.
“I’ve been a McLaren fan for so long as I can keep in mind. It’s an amazing identify within the sport with an unimaginable heritage, and the checklist of drivers which have raced for McLaren over time are among the many heroes of Formulation One.
“Fernando is after all one among them, so it’s notably particular that I’ll be taking his seat as a part of the following technology of Spanish racing drivers behind the wheel of a McLaren.
“Lastly, I’d wish to thank everybody at McLaren for giving me this chance to fulfil a childhood dream. The workforce has a long-term plan for the longer term and I’m very a lot wanting ahead to enjoying a key position in its journey again to success.”
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McLaren CEO Zak Brown had hoped that Daniel Ricciardo would fill the void left by Alonso, however, the Aussie decided to join Renault instead, forcing Sainz out.
The Woking-based team have struggled this season, despite swapping engines from Honda to Renault.
Brown added: “We’re incredibly excited to have Carlos join us as a McLaren driver. 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 One.
“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 One 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.”