Carlos Sainz Reflects on Parting Ways With Performance Coach

January 7, 2024Ramon Jones
Formula 1

In November it was announced that Carlos Sainz trainer Rupert Manwaring would be leaving Sainz to train Max Verstappen. Verstappen lost his fitness coach at the end of the 2023 season. The time for that transition is now upon us. Carlos was in shock at the news when he was originally informed, but offered the following heart felt words on a recent post,

“Eight years can’t be summed up in one video but here is a little taste of what it has meant. 2023 has been [Rupert Manwaring’s] last season as part of Team 55 and I wouldn’t know how to thank you for all your work, dedication and support during these years.

“Not only have we trained, we have fought together for the same goals and we have had lots of fun along the way! I wish you all the best Ruperto!”

Manwaring will head to Red Bull to work with reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen. The move has a bit of a story as Manwaring’s father was a trainer for Max Verstappen’s father, Jos Verstappen. The opportunity for the father and son trainers to work with a father and son pair of drivers is unique. Possibly unique enough to never happen again. Its clear that legacy played a role in the move. We will see if Verstappen is able to build a synergy with Manwaring for the 2024 season. Verstappen’s fitness will be paramount if he is to go for the 4 peat in 2024.

Sainz has not yet named a replacement trainer. We will report back when that information is available.