Carlos Sainz perform during testing of the Audi RS Q e-tron in Erfoud, Morocco on November 8, 2021.
Carlos Sainz perform during testing in Erfoud, Morocco on November 8, 2021.

Carlos
Sainz

Spain

Spain

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Rally Raid

Known as 'El Matador', veteran driver Carlos Sainz is a two-time WRC World Champion and one of Spain's greatest ever off-road racers.

Date of birth

12 April 1962

Place of birth

Madrid

Age

60

Nationality

Spain

Spain

Career start

1980

Discipline

Rally Raid Car

Carlos Sainz has made more World Rally Championship starts than any other driver. ‘El Matador’, as he's known, was twice crowned WRC World Champion, taking the title for Toyota in 1990 and 1992, and was runner-up a further four times.

As well as supporting his son Carlos Sainz Jr in his racing career, he is also an avid football fan. Carlos has been occasionally linked with senior office at Real Madrid and once stood for the position of vice-president at his favourite club.