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Carlos Sainz Jr

The lowdown on Carlos Sainz Jr

Lee McKenzie's view

"Carlos is known as chilli among his friend because he's hot! He always has a chilli pepper logo on his car and his cap. 

"As the son of a fabulous world rally champion, he's grown up in motorsport and has the pedigree. There are great pictures of him when he was a teeny-tiny thing, getting his photo taken with Fernando Alonso. The fellow Spaniard has become his friend and his mentor and they spend a lot of time together. 

"Carlos is from Madrid but trains in Mallorca where he is also friends with tennis ace Rafael Nadal. 

"He's a very talented driver but where does he go as there are no seats for the foreseeable future at Red Bull?"

The son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, Carlos Jr opted for the thrill of the race track rather than gravel roads.

With Red Bull backing, Sainz steadily climbed the junior ladder, dominating the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 to earn himself a seat at Toro Rosso for the following year.

A massive accident at Sochi aside, Sainz was hugely impressive in his rookie campaign, and if not for better luck, and the fact he was paired alongside Max Verstappen, the Spaniard's debut season would have been more widely heralded.

Sainz expected to spend another year up against the Dutch teen, but with Max’s surprise call up to the senior Red Bull squad, he instead faced off against Daniil Kvyat. 

Retained by Toro Rosso in 2017, Sainz is now determined to shine this season as he looks to securing his future in the sport.