Carlos Sainz was always destined to follow his famous father into motor sport – and perhaps it wasn’t such a surprise that he opted for circuit racing rather than rallying.
Carlos Sr is a legend in his native Spain, winning the World Rally Championship in 1990 and 1992, and taking a total of 26 WRC event victories. However, it’s easy to overlook the fact that he could have followed the circuit route, having competed in Formula Ford in his youth, and even contested the famous Festival at Brands Hatch. Later in his career he tested a Porsche 962 WEC car.
From an early age Carlos Jr targeted circuit racing, inspired in part by the success of Fernando Alonso, who he met when he was still a child. Early success in karting saw him move into cars in 2010, when he just 15.
He raced initially in Formula BMW, and he finished fourth in that year’s European championship.