As part of the Red Bull squad, Sainz moved up to Formula One in 2015 making his debut alongside a then 17-year-old Verstappen at Toro Rosso.
However, Red Bull took a huge gamble on Verstappen in 2016, as they promoted the 18-year-old mid-season to the main squad, with Sainz remaining at the junior outfit, alongside recently demoted Daniil Kvyat.
The Dutchman’s career was catapulted into the limelight, however it was a few years later that Sainz bagged his opportunity to race for one of the most famous teams on the grid.
After moving to Renault for a season, the Spaniard then spent a year at McLaren alongside Norris before Ferrari offered a two-season contract for the 2021 campaign alongside Leclerc.
“Regardless of who I’ve raced against, whether Max, Nico, Lando or Charles, I never had the feeling that I was slower than them or that I couldn’t do something they can. I’ve beaten everyone and always pushed them to the limit.
“I see this as an accolade.
“Max, Lando, and Charles are among the top people in the field, also according to my own assessment. I like the challenge of racing against them.
“And they made me a better driver. That also gave me the confidence that I can take on anyone when I came to Ferrari.