Sainz Jr to take on Rallye Monte Carlo final stage

Carlos Sainz won the Rallye Monte Carlo on three occasions and now his Formula One driver son will take the same route.

Renault driver Carlos Sainz   -  Getty Image

Carlos Sainz Jr is to follow in the footsteps of his namesake father as he takes on the final stage of the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo.

Sainz Sr won the World Rally Championship in 1990 and 1992, also winning the Monte Carlo event in 1991, 1995 and 1998.

And now his son, a Formula One driver for Renault, is preparing to take the same route, with the 23-year-old set to run ahead of the main field in the VIP car on January 28.

"I'm really looking forward to experiencing Rallye Monte Carlo for the first time," Sainz Jr said.

"I've heard so much about it from my dad – how difficult the stages are, how the conditions can change in an instant - from snow to rain or bright sunshine - and, of course, how you need nerves of steel for some of those mountain passes and hairpins.

"It's going to be a real thrill to take part in such a legendary event behind the wheel of a Renault Megane RS, which will be fitted with snow and studded tyres so I can get a more complete sensation of rallying around these stages."

Sainz Sr, 55, won the Dakar Rally for the second time last week with Peugeot.

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