The signing of Carlos Sainz by Ferrari is, without a doubt, one of the great news of Spanish sport during these difficult months due to the coronavirus. The Madrilenian, so far at McLaren, signs for the next two seasons (2021 and 2022) and takes a great leap in his sports career. It opens a new stage that will allow him to fight for higher heights in Formula 1, those that until now only Fernando Alonso had reached.
As it could not be otherwise, some of the main actors of the ‘Great Circus’ have expressed themselves in this regard, congratulating him. Carlos Sainz is the third Spaniard to wear the colors of the Italian factory after Marqués de Portago and the two-time champion. One of the first to congratulate him has been his partner in the British team, Lando Norris, with whom the man from Madrid has a fluid relationship: “Goodbye, friend! It has only been a year, but it has been a pleasure. We have laughed and We have shared many memories. Give it your all, mate, and let’s say goodbye to this year as it deserves.
Some Spanish pilots, such as Pedro de la Rosa and Roberto Merhi, have also shared their opinion on networks. Especially euphoric was the Catalan, ex of Ferrari and current television commentator: This is a real dream. Congratulations to Carlos Sainz and all the fans. Merhi, who was once part of the Manor team and currently works as a simulator pilot, wrote: Congratulations, Carlos.
A great step in your sports career and your goal. Much deserved after the great season in 2019. Andy Soucek, behind the wheel of Virgin as a tester ten years ago, stated the following: Historical day for Spanish sports. Seeing Carlos Sainz dressed in red is amazing. For a racing driver, there are two milestones: The first is to be a Formula 1 world champion and the second is to be a Ferrari driver. Carlos has already achieved one of them. Congratulations. Very happy for him and his family.
Other personalities such as Niko Hulkenberg, in Formula 1 from 2010 until last year, joined in the congratulations. The German was his partner in Renault during the second half of 2017 and all of 2018. Carlos has signed! Vamooooos bastard!.
In the same vein, his still McLaren track engineer Tom Stallard was referring, adding a joke to his post: “Good luck, you bastard! Proud you get this chance (to be defeated by a McLaren). You have earned it”. From the Circuit de Montmeló, in Barcelona, they also welcomed the signing of Sainz by the transalpine: “Take, take, take, take, come on, come on, come on…
From other areas of the engine, one of those waiting expectantly for the news to be confirmed was Jorge Lorenzo. Ducati is to MotoGP what Ferrari is to Formula 1. Both firms have a large following in their wake. The Balearic knows what it is to defend the Italian interests in his corresponding world championship and he has no doubts, Carlos will play a great role with the Scuderia: He competed against Verstappen from you, and to me, he showed that he was at his level. Why can’t he be a Formula 1 champion with Ferrari one day?
I see him as a very focused, hard-working kid, with an exemplary father from whom he can and from whom he has learned a lot, and with many tables. ( Source )