- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Madrid, Spain
A year ago Carlos Sainz was the man who arrived at McLaren to replace fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso. In 12 months he has marked himself as one of the best drivers in the sport.
More than that, he has established himself as a team leader. When McLaren needed to fight in its quest to take ‘best of the rest’ status, Sainz stepped right up, taking third in Brazil (after Lewis Hamilton’s penalty).
The mark of the man was that he was no less impressive in his last-lap pass for 10th in Abu Dhabi; the single point he gained lifted him to sixth in the drivers’ points.
Sainz is starting to look like another driver dismissed by Red Bull a little too early. It’s not hard to see that at McLaren both the driver and the team are of a mind that things have worked out just fine.