Após o anúncio de Alonso que iria abandonar a Formula 1 na próxima temporada (provavelmente para se dedicar à Formula Indy), ficou-se na expactativa para saber quem o iria substituir.
Hoje a McLaren veio anunciar a contratação de Carlos Sainz para a época de 2019.
O piloto Espanhol de 23 anos que actualmente ocupa a 11ª posição no campeonato de pilotos com 30 pontos, transfere-se da Renault Sport para a McLaren naquela que é a sua 5ª temporada na disciplina rainha do desporto automóvel.
Zack Brown, CEO da McLaren Racing, mostrou-se entusiasmado com a contratação do Espanhol.
“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 1 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.”,disse.
Já Carlos Sainz salientou que para si era particularmente importante substituir o seu compatriota e ídolo na equipa inglesa.
“I’m delighted to finally be able to confirm that I’ll be a McLaren driver from the 2019 season. It’s something I’ve been looking at for a while and I’m very excited about this next chapter in my career.I’ve been a McLaren fan for as long as I can remember. It’s a great name in the sport with an incredible heritage, and the list of drivers that have raced for McLaren over the years are among the heroes of Formula 1.Fernando is of course one of them, so it’s particularly special that I’ll be taking his seat as part of the next generation of Spanish racing drivers behind the wheel of a McLaren.Finally, I’d like to thank everyone at McLaren for giving me this opportunity to fulfil a childhood dream. The team has a long-term plan for the future and I’m very much looking forward to playing a key role in its journey back to success.”
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