Carlos Sainz Jr  Spain

  • Full name Carlos Sainz Jr
  • Birth date September 1, 1994
  • Birthplace Madrid, Spain
  • Current age 22 years 205 days
  • Current team Toro Rosso
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2017 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 26 Toro Rosso (STR11) dns 8
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2015 Toro Rosso 19 19 0 0 12 7 0 0 5 0 0 18 15
2016 Toro Rosso 21 21 0 0 17 6 0 0 6 0 0 46 12
Total 40 40 0 0 29 6 0 0 5 0 0 64
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 15, 2015 Race results
Last race Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina November 27, 2016 Race results
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The son of the two-time World Rally champion of the same name, Sainz Jr is a member of the Red Bull junior programme which has promoted the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo to Formula One.

A winner of Formula Renault 2.0 in 2011, he became the first Red Bull junior to claim the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2014. Though he had been overlooked for a Toro Rosso seat the year before, his World Series triumph saw him elevated to F1 for 2015 where he will partnered Max Verstappen in an all-rookie line-up which started the season with a combined age of 37.

A series of reliability issues saw him overshadowed by Verstappen in his first year, but proof of his talent was obvious from his seven finishes in the points. A big accident at the Russian Grand Prix saw him hospitalised after qualifying, but he was declared fit ahead of the race and ran as high as seventh before a brake failure saw him retire.

Career high
Claiming the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 championship with seven victories - enough to beat fellow Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly and Roberto Merhi.

Career low
Being overlooked for the 2014 Toro Rosso seat.


Sainz has chosen the number 55 to accompany him for his career. He has already popularised the hashtag #CARLO55AINZ amongst his supporters.

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