In the midst of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ferrari announced the signing of Carlos Sainz Jr. for two years (2021 and 2022), to accompany Charles Leclerc on the team and be the substitute of the German tetracampeón Sebastian Vettel, after several weeks where a dance of names had circulated in the international press.
"We believe that a pair of pilots with the talent and personality of Charles (Leclerc, contracted until 2024) and Carlos, the youngest in the last 50 years of the team, will be the best possible combination to help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves, "said the director of the Italian team, Mattia Binotto, in a statement.
However, not everyone agrees with this Ferrari move. One of them is Jenson Button, who gave his opinion on the situation in dialogue with the British network. Sky Sport: "If Ferrari has gone after Carlos because he thinks he has good hands but that he will not fight Leclerc, they are wrong." And he insisted: "If they signed him at Ferrari to have a good atmosphere in the team, they were wrong"
The former 40-year-old runner, 2009 Formula 1 champion with Brawn, assured that the Spaniard has the ambition to consecrate himself and this could bring him internal problems with his new partner: "I think he is a winner, just like his father. He wants to take home a championship. "
Button disagreed with the decision not to retain the German, who is now free, since he understands that he could still give the team important victories: “Last year Sebastian Vettel demonstrated how fast he is. He had a difficult time when Leclerc stepped forward, that hurt him. But it came back very strong. And simply, Vettel is the driver you would like to have on your Formula 1 team"
Son of the double world rally champion Carlos Sainz and a product of the Red Bull youth driver affiliate, Sainz Jr He made his debut in the queen category of the car in 2015 with Toro Rosso, before moving to Renault in October 2017 and McLaren in 2019. The Spaniard was very pleased with his transfer to the Italian team and “the future awaits me with the team "
“Thank you, thank you for being there for all these years. Between all of us we have been paddling in the same direction and we have managed to fulfill a dream, ”he said after the announcement, in a video to his fans on social networks.
His goal now will be to overcome his best season lived in 2019 when he finished sixth in the Drivers' World Championship and achieved his first podium with a third place in Brazil. "He has the ambition to continue doing better, to take steps forward as he did last year, that has to be the philosophy of any athlete, of anyone who competes in something", his father declared to Movistar television.
For his part, Vettel, 32, will leave the Italian Scuderia at the end of 2020 and the future of the four-time world champion 2010-2013 with Red Bull is uncertain: "What has happened in recent months has led many of us to reflect on what our priorities are in life ”. The situation in the transfer market is unprecedented with a 2020 season that has not started due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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With information from AFP