Carlos Sainz

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Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz 2014 Dakar.jpg
Sainz in 2014.
Personal information
Nationality Flag of Spain.svg Spanish
Full nameCarlos Sainz Cenamor
Born (1962-04-12) 12 April 1962 (age 59)
Madrid, Spain
World Rally Championship record
Active years 19872005
Co-driver Flag of Spain.svg Luis Moya
Flag of Spain.svg Marc Martí
Teams Ford, Toyota, Lancia, Subaru, Citroën
Rallies196
Championships 2 (1990, 1992)
Rally wins 26
Podiums97
Stage wins757 [1]
Total points1,242
First rally1987 Rally Portugal
First win1990 Acropolis Rally
Last win 2004 Rally Argentina
Last rally2005 Acropolis Rally

Carlos Sainz Cenamor (born 12 April 1962) is a Spanish rally driver. He won the World Rally Championship drivers' title with Toyota in 1990 and 1992, and finished runner-up four times. Constructors' world champions to have benefited from Sainz are Subaru (1995), Toyota (1999) and Citroën (2003, 2004 and 2005). In the 2018 season he was one of the official drivers of the Team Peugeot Total. [2] He received the Princess of Asturias Sports Award in 2020. [3]

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Nicknamed El Matador, Sainz previously held the WRC record for most career starts until Finnish co-driver Miikka Anttila broke the record. [4] He was also the first non-Nordic driver to win the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland. He came close to repeating the feat at the Swedish Rally finishing second four times and third twice. Besides WRC successes, he has won the Dakar Rally (2010, 2018, 2020), the Race of Champions (1997) and the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (1990). His co-drivers were Antonio Boto, Luís Moya, Marc Martí and Lucas Cruz.

His son, Carlos Sainz Jr., born on 1 September 1994, is also a professional racing driver, currently competing for Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One. [5] He also has an older brother named Antonio Sainz, born on December 10, 1957, [6] who was also a rally driver. [7]

Early life

Sainz was born in Madrid. Before moving into motorsport, he played football and squash. As a teenager, Real Madrid gave him a trial and in squash he was the Spanish champion at the age of 16. He got his first touch of motorsport in Formula Ford while still playing squash and football. [8] Before dedicating himself to motorsport, Sainz studied law up to the second scheduled cycle. [9]

Rallying career

Early career (1980–1988)

Sainz began rallying in 1980. He finished runner-up in the Spanish Rally Championship in 1986, in a Group B Renault 5 Turbo, and won it with a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth in 1987 and 1988. [10]

Ford gave him his first World Rally championship appearances during the 1987 season. He finished seventh in the Tour de Corse and eighth on the RAC Rally. He remained with Ford for the following season, now co-driven by Luis Moya, who remained his regular co-driver for the next fifteen years. He finished fifth twice, in the Tour de Corse and the Rallye Sanremo, and seventh on an icy RAC Rally.

Ford were an increasingly minor player in the World Rally Championship, with the rear-wheel-drive Sierra uncompetitive against the four-wheel-drive cars, and struggled to retain ambitious and talented young drivers such as Sainz and his teammate in 1988, Didier Auriol. Both departed the team for 1989; Auriol to Lancia and Sainz to Toyota Team Europe, the Japanese marque's rallying arm operating in Cologne, Germany.

Toyota (1989–1992)

1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four Carlos Sainz Limited Edition Toyota Celica ST185RC.jpg
1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four Carlos Sainz Limited Edition

Despite all previous rallying Toyota Celicas having only ever looked a competitive prospect on highly specialized endurance rallies such as the Safari Rally, the new combination of Toyota and Sainz rapidly rose in competitiveness. In the 1989 season, Sainz started with four retirements but then finished on the podium in three rallies in a row. His teammate, by then two-time world champion Juha Kankkunen, also gave the Celica GT-Four ST165 its debut win at the inaugural Rally Australia. Sainz would almost certainly have won his first World Championship Rally on the final event of the season, the RAC Rally, but for mechanical failure in the final stages, which relegated him to second.

In the 1990 season, Sainz drove his GT-Four to victory at the Acropolis Rally, at the Rally New Zealand, at the 1000 Lakes Rally, as the first non-Nordic driver, and at the RAC Rally, claiming his first world drivers' title, ahead of Lancia's Didier Auriol and Kankkunen, ending the Italian marque's domination of the drivers' world championship since the advent of the Group A era of the sport in 1987.

In 1991, Sainz narrowly failed to defend his title against a resurgent Lancia-mounted Kankkunen, his efforts capped by a dramatic roll of his Celica in Australia which left him in a neckbrace. Both Sainz and Kankkunen took five wins, the first time in the history of the WRC that two drivers had managed such win tally during one season. Sainz led Kankkunen by one point going into the final round of the season, the RAC Rally, where Kankkunen took his third title by winning ahead of Kenneth Eriksson and Sainz. Kankkunen's and Sainz's point totals, 150 and 143, both broke the record set by Sainz a year earlier (140).

Aboard the new ST185 Toyota Celica in the 1992 season, in a year that would prove the last for the foreseeable future for Lancia, Sainz managed to score memorable victories on the Safari Rally and on his home asphalt round, the Rally Catalunya. The title fight again went down to the wire, and this time in a three-way battle; before the RAC, Sainz led Kankkunen by two points and Auriol, who had taken a record six wins during the season, by three points. Sainz's victory ahead of Ari Vatanen and Kankkunen, combined with Auriol's retirement, confirmed the title in favour of the Spaniard.

A limited number of 440 Celica GT-Four ST185s, carrying his name on a plaque in the vehicle, and with decals on the outside, were sold in the United Kingdom in 1992 in an attempt to capitalise on Sainz's two championship successes with the works team. These were the part of the 5,000 units of ST185 for WRC homologation. It is said that Sainz still keeps a Celica GT-Four given to him by Toyota, which he drives to Real Madrid games at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Lancia (1993)

A Replica of an ex-Sainz Lancia Delta HF Integrale during Lancia centenary celebrations in Turin Lancia Delta HF Integrale 01.jpg
A Replica of an ex-Sainz Lancia Delta HF Integrale during Lancia centenary celebrations in Turin

Despite winning the world title Sainz left Toyota at the end of 1992, mainly because for the 1993 season the team was to be sponsored by Castrol, a rival to Sainz's personal sponsor, Repsol. Sainz therefore moved to the private but Lancia-backed Jolly Club. Lancia had won the manufacturers' championship for the previous six years, but the Delta was an ageing design and technical developments during the season were minor, despite assurances given to Sainz that development would continue. The Delta therefore lost ground to newer cars, and became less and less competitive as 1993 wore on. Sainz's only podium finish was his second place at the Acropolis Rally. He finished second on the San Remo Rally, but he and his teammate were later disqualified for using illegal fuel. [11] He finished eighth in the drivers' championship, which was won by Toyota driver Juha Kankkunen. Lancia withdrew from the sport altogether at the end of the season.

Subaru (1994–1995)

Sainz then chose to drive for the then fledgling Subaru World Rally Team in 1994, where he replaced Ari Vatanen. Sainz's experience, perfectionism and abilities as a development driver played a vital role in developing the then-new Impreza to the point where it could mount a sustained challenge to Toyota and Ford. Indeed, in the hands of Sainz and Colin McRae the Subarus were frequently faster than the Fords during the season. Toyota won the manufacturers' title, but the drivers' championship was only settled on the final round, with Didier Auriol winning ahead of Sainz. In the 1995 season, he won the Monte Carlo Rally, the Rally Portugal and the Rally Catalunya. At this latter event he was trailing his teammate Colin McRae until the team ordered the Scotsman to slow down and allow Sainz to win, which led to a dispute between the drivers. Nevertheless, they were tied for the lead in the drivers' world championship going into the season-ending RAC Rally. McRae won his home event 36 seconds ahead of Sainz, despite losing time with mechanical difficulties that at one stage had put him two minutes behind. Subaru secured their first manufacturers' title with a triple win as the team's second young Briton, Richard Burns, finished third. Sainz was later to join McRae at both Ford and Citroën.

Return to Ford (1996–1997)

Sainz driving an Escort RS Cosworth at the 1996 1000 Lakes SainzFinland1996.JPG
Sainz driving an Escort RS Cosworth at the 1996 1000 Lakes

Sainz responded by rejoining Ford for the 1996 season. He spent two seasons with the squad, aboard the Ford Escort RS Cosworth and later, the Escort World Rally Car. In 1996, he won the inaugural Rally Indonesia and with five other podium finishes to his name, he took third place in the drivers' world championship, behind Mitsubishi's Tommi Mäkinen and Subaru's McRae. In the 1997 season, he again won the Indonesian round, along with the Acropolis Rally, but again lost the title fight to Mäkinen and McRae. However, he won the Race of Champions at the end of 1997.

Return to Toyota (1998–1999)

Sainz with a Toyota Corolla WRC at the 1999 Monte Carlo Rally Toyota Monte-Carlo 1999.jpg
Sainz with a Toyota Corolla WRC at the 1999 Monte Carlo Rally

Sainz then departed, once again, for Toyota, partnering Didier Auriol and helping to further the Corolla World Rally Car project that had been instituted in 1997, as part of the Cologne recovery from the embarrassment of exclusion from the world championship on the penultimate round of the 1995 season.

Sainz won on his first outing for them, on the 1998 season opener Monte Carlo Rally, and later in the season, added a victory in New Zealand. The seemingly terminal blow to title rival Tommi Mäkinen's chances was his retirement on the first day of the final event of the year, the Rally Great Britain, which gave the initiative to Sainz, who now only had to finish fourth in order to ensure the title. However, just 300 metres from the finish of the last stage, he too was forced to retire from the needed fourth place with a mechanical problem. As a result, both Sainz and Toyota gifted their respective titles to rivals Mäkinen and Mitsubishi Ralliart. [12]

An ex-Sainz Corolla WRC at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show Toyota Corolla WRC 2000.jpg
An ex-Sainz Corolla WRC at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show

A subdued season followed for Sainz in 1999, although it did at least culminate in a departing manufacturers' title for Toyota, by now fostering alternative interests in Formula One. Sainz took a total of eight podiums, but no wins, and finished fifth in the drivers' standings, behind his third-placed teammate Auriol who had taken his only win of the season at the inaugural China Rally.

Second return to Ford (2000–2002)

Sainz driving his Ford Focus WRC at the 2001 Rally Finland Cs2 ford.jpg
Sainz driving his Ford Focus WRC at the 2001 Rally Finland

This was the precursor of another, three-year stint with Ford, again alongside McRae, beginning with the 2000 season. He won the inaugural edition of the Cyprus round of the world championship, and finished third in the drivers' points standings.

Sainz failed to score a victory on any rally during the 2001 season, but with five podiums and four other point-scoring finishes, he managed to keep himself in the title fight throughout the very closely contested season, eventually finishing sixth in the standings, only eleven points adrift of the champion, Subaru's Richard Burns. Meanwhile, teammate McRae took three wins and led the championship before the season-ending Rally GB, where he crashed out. Ford also lost the manufacturers' title to Peugeot.

In 2002, Sainz inherited the victory of the Rally Argentina, having provisionally finished third, by virtue of the disqualifications of the two leading Peugeots of Marcus Grönholm and Burns. This was his only win of the season, and in a close fight for the second place in the drivers' championship, behind the dominant Grönholm, Sainz finished third, one point ahead of his teammate McRae.

Citroën (2003–2005)

Sainz with a Citroen Xsara WRC at the 2004 Rally Finland Carlos Sainz - 2004 Rally Finland 2.jpg
Sainz with a Citroën Xsara WRC at the 2004 Rally Finland

Effectively frozen out along with McRae at Ford, he along with the Scot moved to Citroën for the 2003, during which he scored one win in Turkey – which was the first gravel event win for Citroën Xsara WRC – and finished third in the championship. Sainz continued with the team in 2004 season, and scored his final world rally victory at the 2004 Rally Argentina. During the Rally Catalonya 2004, after announcing his retirement, Sainz was considered by drivers, codrivers and directors of the official teams, as the best rally driver of history. [13] In the championship, Sainz finished fourth, after missing out the final rally in Australia, due an accident during pre-event recce. [14]

Despite formally retiring at the end of the 2004 season, with a possible view to moving into the World Touring Car Championship, he was to actually find himself invited back to the WRC fold on the request of Citroën, to replace the faltering Belgian driver François Duval. Although Duval was soon to reclaim his seat, Sainz's two rallies back in the Citroën impressed many, with the now 43-year-old Spaniard posting fourth and third finishing positions respectively.

Later career in rally raid

2006 saw a first participation for Sainz at the wheel of a Volkswagen in that year's Dakar Rally, sharing the cockpit with the two times winner of the Dakar Rally, Andreas Schulz. In 2007, he repeated his attempt with Volkswagen, this time with French Michel Perin, also a former winner of the raid. Following the resignation of Fernando Martin, he even ran, eventually in vain, for the vice-president position at his beloved football club Real Madrid, for which he once trained. In 2007 Sainz won the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup with the Volkswagen team. In 2008, he won the Central European Rally, which was the relocated and rescheduled Dakar Rally for that year because of a terrorist attack. [15] In January 2009, partnering again with Perin, he led the Dakar Rally until crashing out on the 12th stage. [16] Later in 2009 Sainz won Silk Way Rally with Volkswagen team. [17] At the 2010 Dakar Rally, Sainz changed again co-pilot, teaming with fellow Spaniard Lucas Cruz. Sainz edged out teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah to take his maiden win in the event. [18] In 2010 Sainz also won the Silk Way Rally for the second time.[ citation needed ] In the 2011 Dakar Rally Sainz finished third.[ citation needed ]

Sainz entered Dakar Rally 2013 in a brand-new two-wheel-drive buggy. His teammate was former Dakar-winner Nasser Al-Attiyah and the team was supported by Qatar and Red Bull. [19] Sainz won the first stage, but faced later various problems and was finally forced to retire on the sixth stage due to an engine failure. [20] After the retirement Sainz commented that despite the result, "it was worth coming here with this concept ... I hope the experience will be useful for the future even if I'm not sure whether I'll come back”. [21] However, later Sainz announced he would like to be part of Qatar Red Bull Rally Team and return to the Dakar in 2014. [22] Sainz took part in the 2014 Dakar, but was forced to retire after a crash on stage 10. [23]

In March 2014 it was announced that Peugeot Sport would return to Dakar in 2015 and Sainz joined Cyril Despres to race for Peugeot, driving its Peugeot 2008 DKR. [24] [25] In the rally he retired after a crash. [26] In Dakar 2016 Sainz was forced to retire from the lead after the gearbox of his Peugeot broke. [27] In 2017 Sainz also had to retire after rolling his Peugeot during the fourth stage of the rally. [28] In 2018, Sainz took the second Dakar win of his career with Peugeot team. [29]

After Peugeot shut down its rally raid programme, Sainz joined X-Raid to drive a Mini at the 2019 Dakar Rally. [30] He stuck the car in a large hole on stage 3, damaging the suspension, but limped to the end of the stage and finished the event 13th.

Sainz won his third Dakar Rally in 2020 with co-driver Lucaz Cruz. The duo registered four stage wins to their name, before finally winning the race with a lead of just 6 minutes and 21 seconds. [31]

Volkswagen's WRC project

As Volkswagen Motorsport announced its WRC entry for 2013, Sainz was announced to be part of the WRC project. Volkswagen's motorsport director Kris Nissen told that he needed "10 seconds" to convince Sainz to remain part of the company's efforts in the new programme. Nissen told that the team would need Sainz for some testing of the new car. [32] In November 2011, Sainz had the honour to drive first kilometres with the new Volkswagen Polo R WRC near Trier, Germany, when the team began testing the new car. [33] In late 2011, Nissen also revealed he would like to see Sainz taking part in some rally with the WRC Polo before he calls time on his career. [34] In early 2012 Sainz drove Polo WRC in its maiden gravel test in Spain with Sébastien Ogier [35] and in summer he tested Polo WRC in Finland. [36] In October Sainz re-joined his old co-driver Luis Moya again and performed course car duties on the San Marino´s annual Rally Legend event with Volkswagen's new-for-2013 Polo R WRC. [37] In December 2012 Sainz dismissed the rumours he would drive Polo WRC in some WRC-rally in 2013, but stated he was available for testing, if needed. [38]

Sainz also returned to competing in 2012, as he entered a historic rally with his old co-driver Luis Moya in Spain. The pair competed in Porsche 911 rally car and won the rally. [39] The pair made a return to historic rallies in March 2013 by winning Rally de España Histórico with a Porsche 911. [40]

Recognitions

Titles

Sainz driving a Volkswagen Race Touareg during the 2007 Dakar Rally. Dakar car 2007.jpg
Sainz driving a Volkswagen Race Touareg during the 2007 Dakar Rally.
SeasonTitleCar
1987 Spanish Rally Champion Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
1988Spanish Rally Champion Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
1990 Asia-Pacific Rally Champion Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1990 World Rally Champion Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1992World Rally Champion Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD ST185
1997 Champion of Champions Various
2007 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup [47] Volkswagen Race Touareg
2008 Central Europe Rally (cars) Volkswagen Race Touareg
2010 2010 Dakar Rally Winner (cars) [48] Volkswagen Race Touareg
2018 2018 Dakar Rally Winner (cars) Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi
2020 2020 Dakar Rally Winner (cars) Mini John Cooper Works Buggy

WRC victories

 # EventSeasonCo-driverCar
1 Flag of Greece.svg Acropolis Rally 1990 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
2 Flag of New Zealand.svg Rally New Zealand 1990 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
3 Flag of Finland.svg 1000 Lakes Rally 1990 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg RAC Rally 1990 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
5 Flag of Monaco.svg Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo 1991 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
6 Flag of Portugal.svg Rallye de Portugal 1991 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
7 Flag of France.svg Tour de Corse – Rallye de France 1991 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Rally New Zealand 1991 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
9 Flag of Argentina.svg Rally Argentina 1991 Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
10 Flag of Kenya.svg Safari Rally 1992 Luís Moya Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
11 Flag of New Zealand.svg Rally New Zealand 1992 Luís Moya Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
12 Flag of Spain.svg Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 1992 Luís Moya Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
13 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg RAC Rally 1992 Luís Moya Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
14 Flag of Greece.svg Acropolis Rally 1994 Luís Moya Subaru Impreza 555
15 Flag of Monaco.svg Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo 1995 Luís Moya Subaru Impreza 555
16 Flag of Portugal.svg Rallye de Portugal 1995 Luís Moya Subaru Impreza 555
17 Flag of Spain.svg Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 1995 Luís Moya Subaru Impreza 555
18 Flag of Indonesia.svg Rally Indonesia 1996 Luís Moya Ford Escort RS Cosworth
19 Flag of Greece.svg Acropolis Rally 1997 Luís Moya Ford Escort WRC
20 Flag of Indonesia.svg Rally Indonesia 1997 Luís Moya Ford Escort WRC
21 Flag of Monaco.svg Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo 1998 Luís Moya Toyota Corolla WRC
22 Flag of New Zealand.svg Rally New Zealand 1998 Luís Moya Toyota Corolla WRC
23 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Rally 2000 Luís Moya Ford Focus RS WRC 00
24 Flag of Argentina.svg Rally Argentina 2002 Luís Moya Ford Focus RS WRC 02
25 Flag of Turkey.svg Rally of Turkey 2003 Marc Martí Citroën Xsara WRC
26 Flag of Argentina.svg Rally Argentina 2004 Marc Martí Citroën Xsara WRC

Complete WRC results

YearEntrantCar12345678910111213141516PosPoints
1987 Marlboro Rally Team Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA
7
GRC USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA 35th7
RAC de España GBR
8
1988 Carlos Sainz Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE POR
Ret
11th26
Ford Motor Co KEN FRA
5
GRC USA NZL ARG FIN
6
CIV ITA
5
GBR
7
1989 Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165 SWE MON
Ret
POR
Ret
KEN FRA
Ret
GRC
Ret
NZL ARG FIN
3
AUS ITA
3
CIV GBR
2
8th39
1990 Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165 MON
2
POR
Ret
KEN
4
FRA
2
GRC
1
NZL
1
ARG
2
FIN
1
AUS
2
ITA
3
CIV GBR
1
1st140
1991 Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165 MON
1
SWE POR
1
KEN
Ret
FRA
1
GRC
2
NZL
1
ARG
1
FIN
4
AUS
Ret
ITA
6
CIV ESP
Ret
GBR
3
2nd143
1992 Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD MON
2
SWE POR
3
KEN
1
FRA
4
GRC
Ret
NZL
1
ARG
2
FIN AUS
3
ITA CIV ESP
1
GBR
1
1st144
1993 Jolly Club Lancia Delta HF Integrale MON
14
SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA
4
GRC
2
ARG
Ret
NZL
4
FIN AUS
Ret
ITA
DSQ
ESP
Ret
GBR 8th35
1994 555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza 555 MON
3
POR
4
KEN FRA
2
GRC
1
ARG
2
NZL
Ret
FIN
3
ITA
2
GBR
Ret
2nd99
1995 555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza 555 MON
1
SWE
Ret
POR
1
FRA
4
NZL AUS
Ret
ESP
1
GBR
2
2nd85
1996 Ford Motor Co Ford Escort RS Cosworth SWE
2
KEN
Ret
IDN
1
GRC
3
ARG
2
FIN
Ret
AUS
3
ITA
2
ESP
Ret
3rd89
1997 Ford Motor Co Ford Escort WRC MON
2
SWE
2
KEN
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
10
FRA
2
ARG
Ret
GRC
1
NZL
2
FIN
Ret
IDN
1
ITA
4
AUS
Ret
GBR
3
3rd51
1998 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC MON
1
SWE
2
KEN
Ret
POR
2
ESP
7
FRA
8
ARG
2
GRC
4
NZL
1
FIN
2
ITA
4
AUS
2
GBR
Ret
2nd56
1999 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC MON
Ret
SWE
2
KEN
3
POR
2
ESP
Ret
FRA
3
ARG
5
GRC
2
NZL
6
FIN
3
CHN
3
ITA
Ret
AUS
2
GBR
Ret
5th44
2000 Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 00 MON
2
SWE
Ret
KEN
4
POR
3
ESP
3
ARG
Ret
GRC
2
NZL
3
FIN
14
CYP
1
FRA
3
ITA
5
AUS
DSQ
GBR
4
3rd46
2001 Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 01 MON
2
SWE
3
POR
2
ESP
5
ARG
3
CYP
3
GRC
Ret
KEN
Ret
FIN
6
NZL
4
ITA
4
FRA
Ret
AUS
8
GBR
WD
6th33
2002 Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 02 MON
3
SWE
3
FRA
6
ESP
Ret
CYP
11
ARG
1
GRC
3
KEN
Ret
FIN
4
GER
8
ITA
Ret
NZL
4
AUS
4
GBR
3
3rd36
2003 Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC MON
3
SWE
9
TUR
1
NZL
12
ARG
2
GRC
2
CYP
5
GER
6
FIN
4
AUS
5
ITA
4
FRA
2
ESP
7
GBR
Ret
3rd63
2004 Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC MON
Ret
SWE
5
MEX
3
NZL
6
CYP
3
GRC
19
TUR
4
ARG
1
FIN
3
GER
3
JPN
5
GBR
4
ITA
3
FRA
3
ESP
3
AUS
WD
4th73
2005 Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC MON SWE MEX NZL ITA CYP TUR
4
GRC
3
ARG FIN GER GBR JPN FRA ESP AUS 13th11

Dakar Rally results

YearClassVehiclePositionStages won
2006 Car Flag of Germany.svg Volkswagen 11th4
2007 9th5
2008 (CE) 1st5
2009 DNF6
2010 1st2
2011 3rd7
2012 Did not enter
2013 Car Flag of the United States.svg Demon JefferiesDNF1
2014 Flag of France.svg SMGDNF2
2015 Flag of France.svg Peugeot DNF0
2016 DNF2
2017 DNF0
2018 1st2
2019 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mini 13th1
2020 1st4
2021 3rd3

Dakar Rally stage wins

#DateFromToEditionCo-DriverCar
131 December 2005 Flag of Portugal.svg Lisbon Flag of Portugal.svg Portimão 2006 Dakar Rally Flag of Germany.svg Andreas Schulz Flag of Germany.svg Volkswagen
21 January 2006 Flag of Portugal.svg Portimão Flag of Spain.svg Málaga Flag of Germany.svg Andreas Schulz
33 January 2006 Flag of Morocco.svg Er Rachidia Flag of Morocco.svg Ouarzazate Flag of Germany.svg Andreas Schulz
410 January 2006 Flag of Mauritania (1959-2017).svg Kiffa Flag of Mali.svg Kayes Flag of Germany.svg Andreas Schulz
57 January 2007 Flag of Portugal.svg Portimão Flag of Spain.svg Málaga 2007 Dakar Rally Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
610 January 2007 Flag of Morocco.svg Ouarzazate Flag of Morocco.svg Tan-Tan Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
718 January 2007 Flag of Mauritania (1959-2017).svg Ayoun el Atrous Flag of Mali.svg Kayes Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
819 January 2007 Flag of Mali.svg Kayes Flag of Senegal.svg Tambacounda Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
920 January 2007 Flag of Senegal.svg Tambacounda Flag of Senegal.svg Dakar Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
1020 April 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest Flag of Romania.svg Baia Mare 2008 Central Europe Rally Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
1123 April 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg Debrecen Flag of Hungary.svg Veszprém Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
1224 April 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg Veszprém Flag of Hungary.svg Veszprém Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
1325 April 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg Veszprém Flag of Hungary.svg Veszprém Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
1426 April 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg Veszprém Flag of Hungary.svg Balatonfüred Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
154 January 2009 Flag of Argentina.svg Santa Rosa Flag of Argentina.svg Puerto Madryn 2009 Dakar Rally Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
166 January 2009 Flag of Argentina.svg Jacobacci Flag of Argentina.svg Neuquén Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
179 January 2009 Flag of Argentina.svg Mendoza Flag of Chile.svg Valparaíso Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
1811 January 2009 Flag of Chile.svg Valparaíso Flag of Chile.svg La Serena Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
1912 January 2009 Flag of Chile.svg La Serena Flag of Chile.svg Copiapó Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
2013 January 2009 Flag of Chile.svg Copiapó Flag of Chile.svg Copiapó Flag of France.svg Michel Périn
2112 January 2010 Flag of Chile.svg La Serena Flag of Chile.svg Santiago 2010 Dakar Rally Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
2214 January 2010 Flag of Argentina.svg San Juan Flag of Argentina.svg San Rafael Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
232 January 2011 Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires Flag of Argentina.svg Córdoba 2011 Dakar Rally Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
243 January 2011 Flag of Argentina.svg Córdoba Flag of Argentina.svg San Miguel de Tucumán Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
255 January 2011 Flag of Argentina.svg San Salvador de Jujuy Flag of Chile.svg Calama Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
267 January 2011 Flag of Chile.svg Iquique Flag of Chile.svg Arica Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
2711 January 2011 Flag of Chile.svg Copiapó Flag of Chile.svg Copiapó Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
2814 January 2011 Flag of Argentina.svg San Juan Flag of Argentina.svg Córdoba Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
2915 January 2011 Flag of Argentina.svg Córdoba Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
305 January 2013 Flag of Peru.svg Lima Flag of Peru.svg Pisco 2013 Dakar Rally Flag of Germany.svg Timo Gottschalk Flag of the United States.svg Demon Jefferies
318 January 2014 Flag of Argentina.svg San Juan Flag of Argentina.svg Chilecito 2014 Dakar Rally Flag of Germany.svg Timo Gottschalk Flag of France.svg SMG
3212 January 2014 Flag of Argentina.svg Salta Flag of Argentina.svg Salta Flag of Germany.svg Timo Gottschalk
339 January 2016 Flag of Bolivia.svg Uyuni Flag of Argentina.svg Salta 2016 Dakar Rally Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz Flag of France.svg Peugeot
3412 January 2016 Flag of Argentina.svg Belén Flag of Argentina.svg Belén Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
3511 January 2018 Flag of Peru.svg Arequipa Flag of Bolivia.svg La Paz 2018 Dakar Rally Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
3613 January 2018 Flag of Bolivia.svg La Paz Flag of Bolivia.svg Uyuni Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
3717 January 2019 Flag of Peru.svg Pisco Flag of Peru.svg Lima 2019 Dakar Rally Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mini
387 January 2020 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Neom Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Neom 2020 Dakar Rally Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
399 January 2020 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-ʿUla Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Ha'il Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
4012 January 2020 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Riyadh Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Wadi Al Dwasir Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
4115 January 2020 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Haradh Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Shubaytah Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
423 January 2021 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Jeddah Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Bisha 2021 Dakar Rally Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
438 January 2021 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Buraydah Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Ha'il Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz
4414 January 2021 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Yanbu Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Jeddah Flag of Spain.svg Lucas Cruz

NOTE: Following the 2007 killing of French tourists in Mauritania, the Amaury Sport Organisation moved the 2008 edition to Central Europe, known as the Central Europe Rally. As the race was legally held under Dakar regulations with Dakar entries, the rally is included as part of the Dakar lineage.

Complete Extreme E results

(key)

YearTeamCar12345678910Pos.Points
2021 Acciona | Sainz XE Team Spark ODYSSEY 21 DES
Q

2
DES
R

4
OCE
Q

9
OCE
R

8
ARC
Q

6
ARC
R

3
ISL
Q
ISL
R
TBC
Q
TBC
R
5th*61*

* Season still in progress.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miki Biasion
Autosport
International Rally Driver Award

1990–1991
Succeeded by
Didier Auriol
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Miki Biasion
World Rally Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Juha Kankkunen
Preceded by
Rod Millen
Asia-Pacific Rally Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Ross Dunkerton
Preceded by
Juha Kankkunen
World Rally Champion
1992
Succeeded by
Juha Kankkunen
Preceded by
Didier Auriol
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

1997
Succeeded by
Colin McRae
Preceded by
Giniel de Villiers
Dakar Rally
Car Winner

2010
Succeeded by
Nasser Al-Attiyah
Preceded by
Stéphane Peterhansel
Dakar Rally
Car Winner

2018
Succeeded by
Nasser Al-Attiyah
Records
Preceded by
Juha Kankkunen
153 starts
(1979, 19822002, 2010)
Most rally starts
196 starts,

(19872005)
154th at the 2002 Tour de Corse
Succeeded by
Jari-Matti Latvala
209 starts
197th at the 2019 Rally Sweden
Preceded by
Colin McRae
25 wins
(19872003, 20052006)
Most rally wins
26 wins,

26th at the 2004 Rally Argentina
Succeeded by
Sébastien Loeb
79 wins
27th at the 2006 Rally Japan