Carlos Sainz Vázquez de Castro (Spanish pronunciation (born 1 September 1994), otherwise known as Carlos Sainz Jr. or simply Carlos Sainz, is a Spanish racing driver competing in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari. He is the son of Carlos Sainz, a double World Rally Champion, and the nephew of rally driver Antonio Sainz . In 2012 Sainz raced in the British and European Formula 3 championships for Carlin. He raced for DAMS in the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 season, winning the championship before moving to F1 with Toro Rosso
Sainz moved to McLaren for the 2019 season, while at the same time ending his contract with Red Bull Racing. At the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix Sainz took his maiden Formula One podium finish with third. Sainz added another podium by finishing second at Monza the following year before departing for Ferrari at the end of that season. Sainz scored his third and fourth podiums by finishing second at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix and then third at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, both for Scuderia Ferrari. He also came third at the 2021 Russian Grand Prix and the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix .