Spanish F1 Driver Carlos Sainz Jr. Just Took the Open Seat at McLaren and There's a Weird Coincidence About It

Carlos Sainz Jr., the superbaby of Spanish rally legend Carlos Sainz, just announced that he’s taking the open seat at McLaren left by fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso. But there’s something even more reflective about the career move.

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This was pointed out on Twitter as the top response to Sainz’s announcement and I adore it very much:

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The thing that this highlights is that the tracks that take you to F1 aren’t exactly the most broad these days, and it’s really not that much of a surprise that two drivers follow the same route. You have the Red Bull drive dev program and I assume everyone else just launches their dad out of a cannon, pockets stuffed with cash, aimed at the nearest F1 team owner they can find.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Sainz is probably the best available driver for a team that has fallen on hard times. He may be coincidentally be following Alonso’s path, but I don’t think he’ll become World Champion. If it hasn’t already happened, I predict Gasly will move up to Red Bull and LeClerc to Ferrari. One of those two could become world champion - or fall on their rear end once they get to the big team. It’s always better to be an up and comer than a, we’ve seen what you’ve got.  Kimi ought to try to get Van Doorne’s seat at McLaren. Because even though McLaren has stunk up the joint of late, they have a lot of resources and could always surprise if they figure out how to manage it. Kimi’s pretty good, even if he isn’t among the best any more. Perfect for McLaren. Van Doorne can drive endurance cars, go to IndyCar with Alonso if he’s really lucky (but still won’t beat Alonso) - or gosh forbid - drive the dreaded Formula E. (Would you really want to drive a 200 hp golf cart after manning a 900 hp F1 car?)