Carlos Sainz
Country Spain
Date of Birth 1994-09-01
Age 25 years
Birth Place Madrid, Spain
Major Teams Toro Rosso
Playing Details Racing Car Driver


Sainz moved on again in 2013, this time to the F1-supporting GP3 Series, but he struggled to adapt and managed just two podium finishes all season. Thankfully, his maiden F1 tests with Red Bull and Toro Rosso went much better, with both teams impressed by his approach and feedback. 

A few decent outings in the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series at the end of the year marked the prelude to a superb 2014 season in which he completely dominated the same championship, scoring a record-breaking seven wins en route to the title.

That success, allied to Toro Rosso’s decision to part ways with Jean-Eric Vergne, opened the possibility of Sainz graduating to F1 racing, something that had looked a remote possibility when the Italian team opted to sign Max Verstappen to their first vacancy.

Sainz’s promotion to the highest level of motorsport was finally confirmed following a successful run-out with Red Bull at Abu Dhabi late in the year. 

“I watched [Fernando Alonso] win the world championship on TV when I was 10- or 11-years-old and back then I would never have dreamed that I would one day be racing against him,” commented a delighted Sainz. “When [Helmut Marko] told me I had got the seat and I was going to race with people like him and Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, the size of what I’d achieved suddenly hit me. 

“I will try to do what all the previous Toro Rosso drivers have done: get in the points and prove to my bosses that I’m worthy of the seat.”