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How Sainz went from the fringes to Ferrari in two years

Carlos Sainz Jr's Formula 1 career looked set to be at a crossroads in 2018 when it became clear his tenure at Renault would be a brief one. But after a brilliant 2019 campaign at McLaren, the Spaniard was Ferrari's first pick to replace Sebastian Vettel

Today's confirmation that Carlos Sainz Jr will join Ferrari as Sebastian Vettel's replacement for 2021 completes a remarkable recent career trajectory for the 25-year-old.

Less than two years ago, Sainz was at serious risk of being left without a seat as one of the most volatile driver markets in recent F1 history played out. This time around, he is the big winner, gaining an opportunity rarely afforded to midfield drivers nowadays by landing a race-winning car for the future. And it's one he has worked tirelessly to get.

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