The 25-year-old Sainz Jr. will join Ferrari on a two-year deal starting next year, the Italian team said in a statement Thursday, shortly after McLaren announced Ricciardo’s arrival from Renault.
“I am very happy that I will be driving for Ferrari in 2021 and I’m excited about my future with the team,” Sainz Jr. said. “I still have an important year ahead with McLaren Racing and I’m really looking forward to going racing again with them this season.”
The first 10 races of the season have either been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Sainz Jr., the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, will replace Sebastian Vettel. The four-time F1 champion is