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CARLOS SAINZ

(esp) 1.79m / 80kg

Hobbies

Fútbol, golf, squash (Campeón de España en 1978), tenis, esquí

Sponsors

Audi, Red Bull

2021: Coche/ 3º (3 victorias de etapa)
2020: Coche/ 1º 4 victorias de etapa
2019: Coche/ 13º
2018: Coche/ 1º
2017: Coche/ Abandono en la 4ª etapa
2016: Coche/ Abandono en la 10º etapa
2015: Coche/ Abandono en la 5ª etapa
2014: Coche/ Abandono en la 10ª etapa
2013: Coche/ Abandono en la etapa 6
2011: Coche/ 3º
2010: Coche/ 1º
2009: Coche/Abandono en la 12ª etapa
2007: Coche/ 9º
2006: Coche/ 11º

2021: 2º en el Rally Andalucía
2020: 2º en el Rally Andalucía
2019: 2º en el Rally de Marruecos
2018: 26º en el Rally de Marruecos
2010: 1º en el Silk Way Rally (2 victorias de etapa, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2)
2009: 1º en el Rally dos Sertoes y 1º en el Silk Way Rally (6 victorias de etapa, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2)
2008: 1º del Rally Central Europeo y 14º en las 24 horas de Nürburgring
2007: Campeón de la Copa del Mundo de Rallies Cross Country; 2º en el UAE Desert Challenge, 2º en el Rally de Marruecos y 2º en el UAE Rally (5 victorias de etapa, Volkswagen Race Touareg)
2005: 3º en la Baja Portalegre
2003: 3º en el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallies WRC
2002: 3º en el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallies WRC
1997: 1º en la Carrera de Campeones
1991, 1994, 1995 y 1998: Subcampeón del Mundo de Rallies WRC
1990 y 1992: Campeón del Mundo de Rallies WRC

Interview

“Setting a target is quite impossible”

Fifty-nine-year-old Carlos Sainz admits he is facing one of the most complex challenges of his successful and extensive racing career. The Madrid native is a two-time World Rally Champion (1990 and 1992) and three-time Dakar winner (2010, 2018 and 2020). He joined Audi Sport in early 2021 to develop and fine-tune the electric-powered 4WD prototype with range extender (two Formula E MGU05 electric motors and a DTM TFSI 2.0 engine), which the German constructor has created, with the intention of becoming the first car with electric motors to win the rally. Sainz is a rallying legend, although his athletic endeavours began in the very different sport of squash, in which he was Spanish champion at the age of 16. His obsession for detail and pursuit of perfection are two characteristics that have always defined him since he started racing a rally car in the early 1980s. It was this attention to detail that left a mark on a generation of fans. His two WRC titles and 26 championship victories forever changed the modus operandi of international rally drivers in terms of physical preparation and technical know-how. So much so that in a vote on the official World Rally Championship website in 2020, fans around the world voted him the best of all time, ahead of even nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb. Sainz's adventures in the deserts began in 2006 when he drove for Volkswagen in the last two editions of the Dakar in Africa. However, it wasn't until 2010, in South America, that he and his long-time co-driver Lucas Cruz enjoyed raising the famous Touareg trophy to the sky. The pair did it again with Peugeot in 2018 and with MINI X-Raid in 2020. This year, along with their team-mates Stéphane Peterhansel, Matthias Ekström, Edouard Boulanger and Emil Bergkvist, they have been painstakingly developing the new Audi RS Q e-tron at several test sessions in Morocco, Spain and Germany. But they will start the 2022 Dakar Rally, never having raced the new car. It is one of their main concerns, but their rivals - Bahrain Raid Xtreme/Prodrive and Toyota - have also had to adapt their 2021 vehicles to the new T1+ regulations, already under the aegis of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. "El Matador" is as motivated as ever, and he and Cruz dream of accomplishing the greatest challenge yet: to win the Dakar with a fourth different constructor and doing so in the debut year of the most ambitious project, technologically speaking, of their lives.

C.S.: “This new project is one of the most important I've been involved in since I started racing because of the complexity of taking the step to compete in this hybrid car with an electric engine in an event like the Dakar. In that sense, it's exciting, and at this stage of my career, it's enough motivation for me, and I'm proud to be part of it.”
“As it concerns competitiveness, it's difficult to set a goal until the race starts. It's practically impossible. For two reasons, because a first-year with a car is always complicated, with this one even more so, and the issue of reliability will be a determining factor. Moreover, we do not know how good it will be, nor how fast we will be, because we have not competed in any pre-Dakar rally, nor have we measured ourselves against the competition. Setting a target is quite impossible. But we have to aim for the best, and we hope everything goes well, and that we are competitive and have reliability”.
L.C.: “Embarking on a project like Audi's is unique because it involves working with a brand that has an unrivalled racing heritage. It is sensational that they wanted to develop an innovative project with two electric motors with a range extender for the Dakar Rally. Participating in the development of such a technology is something quite special and something to be very happy about and, above all, to enjoy. We are delighted with how the car ran in the test sessions, despite the difficulty and complexity of its management. But little by little everything has been coming together to create a competitive vehicle”.
“Finishing will be priority one because just starting a race like this is already a success. The rest is unknown. We don't know what will happen, how everything will work, who our rivals will be, nor our exact position, as we haven't raced at all before this edition. It will be a small handicap for us, but apart from this, the rest of the rivals will also have new cars, and we will see how reliable each one is. We will fight from the beginning and try to fight for the victory, which will not be easy because history says it is difficult for a new car to get good results in its first year”.

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Reactions - 13/01 14:45 [GMT +3] - Car

Carlos Sainz: “It was a really difficult stage and it had everything”

Sainz picked up his 2nd stage victory this year, 2’21 ahead of Loeb.

“We will see what has happened behind us, but I’m happy with this stage. It was a really difficult stage and it had everything: camel grass, dunes, dunes, navigation, riverbeds and stones, so it was a really complete stage and quite difficult to open on. At one...

Reactions - 05/01 16:00 [GMT +3] - Car

Carlos Sainz: "We broke a transmission"

As well as the challenge of opening the stage, the three-time Dakar champion had to contend with a mechanical, but it did not stop him from finishing third on the day.

"Starting in front wasn't easy: it was a super-fast special with lots of changes of direction. We broke a transmission with 140 km to go, so it cost us some time."

 

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Reactions - 04/01 14:39 [GMT +3] - Car

Carlos Sainz: “It’s the first race and we are getting used to the car”

The Audi driver won his 40th stage on the Dakar, but regrets not being in the battle for the title.

“We will see: Seb had a problem and a broken transmission, but apart from that… if this is the case, I’m happy with the car. We have been driving fast and learning about the car. It’s the first race and we are getting used to...

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Dakar 2022 - Stage 3 | A first-class day for Hero and Audi

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