Sainz keen to sign off in style

23 May 2020 23:17:19 GMTPlus10

Carlos Sainz Jr wants to leave McLaren on a high before his switch to Ferrari next season.

It was announced last week that Sainz would be joining the Italian outfit from 2021 as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

In turn, Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo will leave Renault to take over from Sainz at McLaren next term.

The Spaniard, who is the son of double World Rally Championship winner Carlos Sainz Sr, made his Formula 1 debut in 2015 with Toro Rosso after winning the 2014 Formula Renault series.

Sainz spent almost three seasons with Red Bull's development team before switching to Renault near the end of 2017.

The 25-year-old raced the final four races of that season for Renault and finished tenth in the driver's standings during his only full season with the French constructor in 2018.

Sainz moved to McLaren prior to 2019 and enjoyed his best season in Formula 1 to date with the Woking-based outfit last year.

He finished sixth in the driver's championship and stood on the podium for the first time in his career at the Brazilian Grand Prix where he finished third.

Sainz has revealed that McLaren congratulated him on signing for Ferrari and that he is determined to repay the faith they have shown in him before he leaves for the Italian outfit next year.

He told reporters: "They said: ‘You deserve it and I’m sure you will do great there’, and that confidence boost is always nice to hear from your bosses.

"There’s nothing that I would love more than saying goodbye to McLaren on a high." 

Meanwhile, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc is 2.50 to win this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix in eF1.

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