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Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:42:33 +0100

McLaren signs Sainz to replace Alonso for 2019 F1 season

Alonso and Sainz

Carlos Sainz Jr (right) will replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren next season
Spanish racer to succeed compatriot at Woking squad; 18-year-old Brit Lando Norris is in contention to join him

Spanish racer Carlos Sainz Jr will switch from Renault to replace Fernando Alonso at the McLaren-Renault Formula 1 team next season.

The 23-year-old is under contract to Red Bull but driving for the works Renault squad on loan this year. Sainz’s future had been uncertain after Daniel Ricciardo switched from Red Bull to Renault.

He was under consideration to replace Ricciardo, but McLaren swooped to sign Sainz to a ‘multi-year deal’ after compatriot Alonso decided to leave F1.

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