Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz was born in Madrid on April 12, 1962.

When he was 16 years old, he won the Spanish squash championship. He studied in the Retamar School at Pozuelo de Alarcón and late in the University of Law for two years and then, motivated by his brother Antonio and his friends Juan Carlos Oñoro and Juanjo Lacalle, he quit his studies to work professionally as a racing driver.

He is married to Reyes Vázquez de Castro since 1992 and they have three children; Blanca (1993), Carlos (1994) and Ana (1998). Born to be a sportsman, he has always stood out for his great passion and ability in all kind of sports: football, golf, tennis, motocross, ski and squash.

However, the world of Rallies is where he really is an expert with an uncommon talent to turn a good car into a wining machine. He is the only Spanish driver to hold the World Rally Champion title, after winning the championship in1990 and 1992.

In 2007, he added a new title to his track record when he won the Transiberico Rally; the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. In 2010, Sainz enlarged his legend with his victory in the Dakar Rally and became the first Spanish driver to win it in the car category, milestone that he repeated in 2018, when he achieved his second victory in the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally, the most harding race in South America.

In 2019 he joined the MINI X Raid team where he started working with the MINI JCW Buggy. On the last Dakar in South America things didn’t go as he wanted and mechanical problems took him away from the fight for victory. From here he started with the tuning of the MINI where good results were already seen in the Morocco Rally where he finished second.

In the 2020 Dakar, he achieved a great victory, dominating practically the entire event, winning four stages and being the first winner of the new era of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia and managing to win the legendary Dakar with three different manufacturers: Volkswagen, Peugeot and MINI.

Achievements

2010

Continues with Volkswagen Motorsport team with Race Touareg.
Win Rally Dakar Argentina-Chile
Win Silkway Rally in Russia

2011

3rd Rally Dakar-Argentina-Chile-Perú

Advisor and driver of development Volkswagen Motorsport
4th 500 km de Alcañiz with his son, Carlos Sainz Jr

2012

Win Rallye España Histórico with Porsche 911
Advisor and driver of development Volkswagen Motorsport

2013

1 stage victory in the Rally Dakar with Buggy Qatar Red Bull
Win Rallye España Histórico with Porsche 911
Advisor and driver of development Volkswagen Motorsport

2014

2 victorias de etapa en el Rallye Dakar con el Buggy SMG Red Bull
Ganador de la categoría de pilotos de rallyes del Verva Street Racing
Dakar abandons due to accident

2015 Official diver of Team Peugeot Total for Rally Dakar
2016

Official diver of Team Peugeot Total for Rally Dakar
2 stage victoria in the Rally Dakar with Peugeot 2008 DKR 16
Abandoned Dakar mechanical failure

2017 Official diver of Team Peugeot Total for Abandoned Dakar for accident when leading the race
2018

Official diver of Team Peugeot Total for Rally Dakar
Winner Rally Dakar with Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi
2 stage victory in the Rally Dakar

2019

Dakar Rally
Official Driver X-raid MINI JCW Team – Red Bull
1 stage victory with the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy
Morocco Rally Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team
Second place
Dakar Rallye  – 13th overall
Two stage victories

2020 Official Driver Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team
Dakar Rally winner with the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy
Four stage victories
2021 Dakar Rally
Official driver X-raid MINI JCW Team – Red Bull
Third place
Three stage wins with the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy
2023

Dakar Rally
Official Audi driver
First historic stage Dakar Rallye victory with an electric vehicle.
2 stage wins with the Audi RS Q e-tron
12 position

 

2000

Joins with FORD MARTINI MOVISTAR with FOCUS RS WRC. Continues with his personal sponsors: Fortuna and Campofrio.

  • MONTE CARLO – 2nd Overall
  • SWEDEN – Retired
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – 4th Overall
  • PORTUGAL – 3rd Overall
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA – 3rd Overall
  • ARGENTINA -Retired
  • GREECE – 2ndº Absoluto
  • NEW ZEALAND – 3rd Overall
  • FINLAND – 14th Overall
  • CYPRUS – 1st Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 3rd Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 5th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – Retired
  • RAC-ENGLAND – 4th Overall

3rd IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

2001

Continues to fulfill its contract with FORD MARTINI MOVISTAR with FOCUS RS WRC. Continues with his personal sponsors: Fortuna and Campofrio.

  • MONTE CARLO – 2nd Overall
  • SWEDEN -3rd Overall
  • PORTUGAL – 2nd Overall
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA -5th Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 3rd Overall
  • CYPRUS – 3rd Overall
  • GREECE – Retired
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – Retired
  • FINLAND – 6th Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 4th Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 4th Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – Retired
  • AUSTRALIA – 8th Overall
  • RAC-ENGLAND – Retired

6th IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

SPORTS MERIT MEDAL

GRAND CROSS OF THE ROYAL ORDER OF THE SPORT MERIT

2002

Renews his contract with FORD team for another year.

  • MONTE CARLO – 3rd Overall
  • SWEDEN – 3rd Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 6th Overall
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA – Retired
  • CYPRUS – 11th Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 1st Overall
  • GREECE – 3rd Overall
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – Retired
  • FINLAND – 4th Overall
  • GERMANY – 8th Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – Retired
  • NEW ZEALAND – 4th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – 4th Overall
  • RAC-ENGLAND – 3rd Overall

3rd IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

2003

World Rally Championship.
Citroën official driver with Xsara WRC

  • MONTE CARLO – 3rd Overall
  • SWEDEN – 9th Overall
  • TURKEY – 1st Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 12th Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 2nd Overall
  • GREECE – 2nd Overall
  • CYPRUS – 5th Overall
  • GERMANY – 6th Overall
  • FINLAND – 4th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – 5th Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 4th Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 2nd Overall
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA – 7th Overall
  • RAC-ENGLAND – Retired

3rd IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

2004

World Rally Championship.
Citroën official driver with Xsara WRC

  • MONTE CARLO – Retired
  • SWEDEN – 5th Overall
  • MÉXICO – 3rd Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 6th Overall
  • CYPRUS – 3rd Overall
  • GREECE – 19th Overall
  • TURKEYA – 4th Overall
  • ARGENTINA- 1st Overall
  • FINLAND – 3rd Overall
  • GERMANY – 3rd Overall
  • JAPAN – 5th Overall
  • ENGLAND – 4th Overall
  • SARDINIA (Italy) – 3rd Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 3rd Overall
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA – 3rd Overall

4th IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

2005

Compete only two races of World Rally Championship with Citroën Xsara WRC.

  • TURKEY – 4th Overall
  • GREECE – 3rd Overall

TOTAL WINS: 26
SECOND PLACES: 36
THIRD PLACES: 35
PODIUMS: 97

Carlos Sainz joins for Volkswagen Motorsport for compete in Dakar Rally 2006.

3rd in Baja Portugal

2006

Compete in Rally Lisboa-Dakar, win four stage with Volkswagen Touareg, 11th.
Morocco Rally. Retired

2007

Compete in Rally Lisboa-Dakar with Volkswagen Touareg, win five stage, 9th.
1st Rally Transibérico (Portugal)
2nd Morocco Rally
2nd Rally UAE Desert Challenge (Dubai)

CHAMPION OF THE FIA’S WORLD CUP RALLY CROSS COUNTRY.

Winner Rally Shalymar with Skoda Fabia WRC

2008

Continues with Volkswagen Motorsport team with Race Touareg.
1st Central European Rally (Romania and Hungary)
Compete in Nurburgring 24 hours with Volkswagen Sirocco
2nd with class
14th overral
2nd Pax Rally Portugal
The Dakar is suspended for safety reasons

2009

Continues with Volkswagen Motorsport team with Race Touareg.
1st Rallye Dos Sertoes, Brazil.
1st Silk Way Rally, Russia.
Retired in Rally Dakar by accident

1990 Renews his contract with TOYOTA TEAM EUROPE and becomes the first team driver with the same car.
Results in the World Rally Championship:

  • MONTE CARLO – 2nd Overall
  • PORTUGAL – Retired
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – 4th Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 2nd Overall
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – 1st Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 1st Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 2nd Overall
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – 1st Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – 2nd Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 3rd Overall
  • LOMBARD RAC (UK) – 1st Overall

With his victory in New Zealand and its second places in Australia is proclaimed:

  • ASIA-PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPION
  • WORLD RALLY CHAMPION
1991 Continued as first driver in TOYOTA, with OVE ANDERSSON team principal and with the same CELICA.
Results in the World Rally Championship:

  • MONTE CARLO – 1st Overall
  • PORTUGAL – 1st Overall
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – Retired by engine failure on 5th Stage when he was leader
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 1st Overall
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – 2nd Overall
  • NUEVA ZELANDA – 1st Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 1st Overall
  • 1000 LAGOS (Finland) – 5th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – Retired
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 3rd Overall
  • CATALONIA (Spain) – Retired
  • LOMBARD RAC (UK) – 3rd Overall

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP’S RUNNER UP

1992

Another year in the TOYOTA TEAM EUROPE with new “CELICA TURBO 4WD CARLOS SAINZ LIMITED SERIES “.

  • MONTE CARLO – 2nd Overall
  • PORTUGAL – 3rd Overall
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – 1st Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE – 4th Overall
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – Retired
  • NEW ZEALAND – 1st Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 2nd Overall
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – 5th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – 3rd Overall
  • CATALONIA (Spain) – 1st Overall
  • RAC (UK) – 1st Overall

WORLD RALLY CHAMPION

1993

Joins with LANCIA JOLLY CLUB TEAM.

  • MONTE CARLO – 14th Overall
  • PORTUGAL – Retired
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – Retired by engine failure on 5th Stage when he was leader
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 4th Overall
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – 2nd Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 4th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – Retired
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 2nd. Disqualified
  • CATALONIA (Spain) – Retired
1994

Joins with PRODRIVE to compete in the World Rally Championship with SUBARU IMPREZA 555 Group A.

  • MONTE CARLO – 3rd Overall
  • PORTUGAL – 4th Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 2nd Overall
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – 1st Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 2nd Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – Retired
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – 3rd Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 2nd Overall
  • RAC (UK) – Retired

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP’S RUNNER UP

1995

Continued in the same team for compete in the eight rounds of World Rally Championship 1995.

  • MONTE CARLO – 1st Overall
  • SWEDEN – Retired
  • PORTUGAL – 1st Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE – 4th Overall
  • Suffers a strong injury in the shoulder that has to be operated, so you can not participate in the Rally of New Zealand.
  • AUSTRALIA – Retired
  • CATALONIA (Spain) – 1st Overall
  • RAC (UK) – 2nd Overall

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP’S RUNNER UP

1996

Joins with Toyota Team Europe for three years, but but after they sanctioned this team by the FIA and not to run in the World Championship, returns to Ford.

  • SWEDEN – 2nd Overall
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – Retired
  • INDONESIA – 1st Overall
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – 3rd Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 2nd Overall
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – Retired
  • AUSTRALIA – 3rd Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 2nd Overall
  • CATALONIA (Spain) – Retired

3rd IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

1997

Continues to fulfill its contract with FORD with new”FORD ESCORT WORLD RALLY CAR” and the management of the team pass to the Boreham to Malcolm Wilson.

  • MONTE CARLO – 2nd Overall
  • SWEDEN – 2nd Overall
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – Retired
  • PORTUGAL – Retired
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA – 10th Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 2nd Overall
  • ARGENTINA – Retired
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – 1st Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 2nd Overall
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – Retired
  • INDONESIA – 1st Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 4th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – Retired
  • RAC (UK) – 3rd Overall

3rd IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER RACE OF CHAMPIONS

1998

Joins with TTE (TOYOTA TEAM EUROPE) for upcoming three seasons and continues with his personals sponsors Fortuna and Red Bull. Drive the COROLLA WRC and the spanish brand Movistar joins the Toyota-Castrol team with as a second sponsor.

  • MONTE CARLO – 1st Overall
  • SWEDEN – 2nd Overall
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – Retired
  • PORTUGAL – 2nd Overall
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA – 7th Overall
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 7th Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 2nd Overall
  • ACRÓPOLIS – 4th Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 1st Overall
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – 2nd Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 4th Overall
  • AUSTRALIA – 2nd Overall
  • RAC (UK) – Retired

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP’S RUNNER UP

1999

Continues to fulfill its contract with TOYOTA TEAM EUROPE.

  • MONTE CARLO – Retired
  • SWEDEN – 2ndOverall
  • SAFARI (Kenya) – 3rd Overall
  • PORTUGAL – 2nd Overall
  • ESPAÑA – CATALUNYA – Retired
  • TOUR DE CORSE (France) – 3rd Overall
  • ARGENTINA – 5th Overall
  • GREECE – 2nd Overall
  • NEW ZEALAND – 6th Overall
  • FINLAND – 3rd Overall
  • CHINA – 3rd Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – Retired
  • AUSTRALIA – 2nd Overall
  • RAC- ENGLAND – Retired

5th IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

1980 Dispute his first rally, the Shalymar (Madrid) with R-5TS Gr.1
1981 WINNER First National Championship Seat Panda Rallye.
2nd Renault Iniciación Cup (R5-TS) in circuits with official driver Red Renault de Madrid y Provincia.
Compete in four rallys of Spain Championship with Seat Panda Gr.2, official driver Seat.
1982 WINNER Renault 5 Cup
1983 WINNER National Cup Renault (R5-TURBO) in circuits.
CHAMPION Zona Centro de Pilotos de Rallyes (Renault R5- Turbo 200 C.V. Gr.4).
WINNER First Challenge Centro de Rallyes. Official driver Red Renault de Madrid y Provincia, both circuits and rallyes.
1984 CHAMPION Zona Centro de Pilotos de Rallyes (Renault R5-Turbo 200 C.V. Gr.B). Official driver Red Renault de Madrid y Provincia.
1985 2nd Spain Rally Championship (Renault R5 Tour de Corse Gr.B.). Official driver Renault España.
1986 2nd Spain Rally Championship (Renault R5 Maxi Turbo Gr.B.). Official driver Renault España.
1987

SPAIN RALLY CHAMPION
(Ford Sierra Cosworth Gr.A). Compete for the first time in rounds of World Rally Championship:

  • PORTUGAL – Retired
  • CORSICA – 7th Overall
  • RAC (UK) – 8th Overall
  • Official driver Ford Spain
1988

SPAIN RALLY CHAMPION
(Ford Sierra Cosworth Gr.A.). Results in the World Rally Championship:

  • PORTUGAL – Retired
  • CORSICA – 5th Overall
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – 6th Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 5th Overall
  • RAC (UK) – 7th Overall
  • Official driver Ford Spain

10th IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

1989

Joins with TOYOTA TEAM EUROPE to compete in the World Rally Championship with CELICA FOUR Gr.A.
Results in the World Rally Championship:

  • MONTE CARLO – Retired
  • PORTUGAL – Retired
  • CORSICA – Retired
  • ACRÓPOLIS (Greece) – Retired
  • 1000 LAKES (Finland) – 3rd Overall
  • SAN REMO (Italy) – 3rh Overall
  • RAC (UK) – 2nd Overall

8th IN WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP