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Carlos Sainz will replace Alonso in the Formula 1 McLaren team

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Carlos Sainz will replace Alonso in the Formula 1 McLaren team
Formula One driver Carlos Sainz at a press conference at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest.

 

Spanish Formula One driver Carlos Sainz will race for McLaren from next season, replacing Fernando Alonso, who announced he was leaving the premier class after 17 years.

“(Sainz) has signed a multi-year agreement with the team, replacing Fernando Alonso,” McLaren said in a statement.

Sainz, 23 years old and current Renault driver in Formula One, is eleventh in the current driver’s championship with 30 points.

“I am delighted to finally be able to confirm that I will be a McLaren driver from the 2019 season,” Sainz said in a statement posted on the MacLaren website.

Alonso, 37, has been twice champion and three times runner-up in Formula 1, and during his long career in F1 he became the youngest champion in history in 2005.