Team Scuderia Toro Rosso
Nationality Spanish
Date of Birth 01 Sep 1994
F1 Debut Australia 2015 with Toro Rosso
F1 Team Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz Jr

In Singapore

Sainz in Singapore:

2015 Toro Rosso: qualified 14th, finished 9th
2016 Toro Rosso: qualified 6th, finished 14th

Impressive so far

When Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull for Ferrari in 2014, Daniil Kvyat earned promotion from Toro Rosso as his replacement. That left a vacant seat at Red Bull’s junior team and it was eventually given to Carlos Sainz Jr, son of two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz.

The Spaniard, 22, won the Formula Renault 3.5 series, the feeder championship in 2014, which informed Red Bull he was ready for promotion alongside fellow rookie, Max Verstappen.

Sainz began his career in karting and finished runner-up in the European KF3 Championship. Stints in Formula BMW, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, British Formula 3 Euro Series and GP3 followed, before he triumphed in Formula Renault 3.5 with DAMS.

He made a strong impression throughout 2015, especially his eye-catching pace in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, but Sainz was hit hard by the poor reliability of Toro Rosso’s Renault engine on several occasions, which cost him a number of points.

A reliable 2015 Ferrari power unit allowed Sainz to rack up a number of points finishes in 2016 and he ended up 12th in the drivers’ championship.

Sainz his highly rated up and down the grid, but Red Bull rarely gives its junior drivers more than three years at Toro Rosso. But Sainz’s speed and positive temperament mean he is an attractive driver for any team.