Sainz set to replace Vettel at Ferrari

Sainz set to replace Vettel at Ferrari

Sainz set to replace Vettel at Ferrari

Check out an unmissable edition of the Sky F1 Vodcast as the team react to Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari exit and the expectation that Carlos Sainz will replace him for 2021, with Daniel Ricciardo seemingly heading to McLaren.

In turn, Daniel Ricciardo will end his two-year stay with Renault to link up with McLaren.

The driver merry-go-round was triggered by Ferrari's announcement on Tuesday that four times world champion Sebastian Vettel would be leaving at the end of this year.

While Vettel is now available, the German's comments when leaving Ferrari suggested he is considering retirement, and it is believed McLaren is prioritizing Ricciardo to replace Sainz, signing a proven race victor who would also help maintain a similar atmosphere to the one the team built up over 2019.

Sky Sports understands that talks are at a detailed stage for the under-contract McLaren driver. However, a year ago Sainz and Norris helped secure a comfortable fourth place in the constructors' championship ahead of Renault.

As for Vettel, a final drive into the sunset and into a plush retirement seems like the most likely prospect for the 32-year-old.

The 2020 championship has yet to start due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with countries in lockdown and drivers dispersed around the world.

Sainz has previously driven for Toro Rosso and Renault but joined McLaren ahead of the start of last season.

Ricciardo left Red Bull for Renault in 2018, although the French team have struggled to lead the midfield since the seven-time race-winner arrived.

"Everyone knows how this sport works".

In a question-and-answer video segment that was posted on Instagram, the Dutchman, whose contract runs to the end of 2023, said: "I guess also very soon we'll find out who the replacement is going to be".

Both Sainz, 25, and 30-year-old Ricciardo are out of contract at the end of the year.

Neither Ferrari or McLaren wanted to comment to dpa on speculation.

Sainz was sixth overall in 2019, behind only the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, but has yet to win a grand prix.

He joined Renault in 2017 but enjoyed his best F1 season a year ago with McLaren - finishing sixth in the championship and securing a sensational first podium in Brazil.

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