Sainz has endured somewhat of a difficult start to a promising year for the team. He trails his team-mate by 38 points after three rounds and could well be at risk of being relegated to a supporting role for Leclerc’s title bid.
A second and third place at the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix was a positive albeit unspectacular start as Leclerc took full advantage of the F1-75’s competitiveness to lead the drivers’ championship.
Binotto said that the so-far harmonious relationship between the two drivers was a key reason in keeping Sainz.
“With every passing race, it seemed a completely natural step to extend Carlos’ contract, thus ensuring stability and continuity,” Binotto said. “In his time so far with the team, he has proved to have the talent we expected from him, delivering impressive results and making the most of all opportunities.
“Outside the car, he is a hard worker with an eye for the smallest detail, which has helped the whole group to improve and progress. Together, we can aim for ambitious targets and I’m sure that, along with Charles, he can play a significant part in fuelling the Ferrari legend and will write new chapters in the history of our team.”