Sainz Jr steps into Magnussen's FR3.5 seat
18 December 2013 – Red Bull Junior Team member Carlos Sainz Jr will compete in the World Series by Renault in 2014, having signed to join the current champions DAMS.
Sainz Jr, who raced part-time in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2013, as well as competing in GP3, takes over the seat vacated by reigning champion Kevin Magnussen. Magnussen graduates to F1, replacing Sergio Pérez at McLaren.
“I am very happy to confirm that I will be racing with DAMS next year,” said Sainz Jr, who tested with DAMS at Motorland Aragon in November and set the second best time overall.
“It will be a great challenge and I can't wait for it to get started. Since the first test I did with them last year I sensed there was a great feeling between us and I have always wanted to be part of this team.
“I have to thank Red Bull for another year [too] as well as Cepsa for the confidence they are putting in me.”
The Spaniard also believes it will be better to focus on just one championship, rather than trying to do two: “I think that it can be a very good thing, just to focus on one series and try to get the most out of it instead of trying to do several championships in different cars,” he told RedBull.com.
“It will be nine races, nine finals for me. I really want to fight for the title, to focus only in this category and try to win it because I know that if I do well it can be very good for my future.”
Sainz Jr will be joined at DAMS by Norman Nato, who retains his drive, while Pierre Gasly, who has been named as a Red Bull Junior for next year – along with Sainz Jr and Alex Lynn - will also race in the FR3.5 Series. Gasly will compete with Arden.
“For next year I think that the goal is clear,” said Gasly. “I have seen from this year and previous seasons that it is possible to do a good job in the first season so the target is to win the championship. I will have to work hard during this winter but I am very motivated and I think it is possible with Arden.”