Both will repeat at the wheel of the Mini John Cooper Works and will begin their preparation next week at the Rally de Andalucía. In the case of Sainz, he once again has his regular co-driver Lucas Cruz, with whom he has won the Dakar three times (2010, 2018 and 2020). Both will seek the fourth title in Saudi Arabia, where the test will be held again between January 3 and 15.

“I am looking forward to racing together with Mini again in the next Dakar. Of course I will try to defend my 2020 victory. Now that time has passed, I must say that this is one of the victories that I am very proud of. The next Dakar It will be another great event, after this year’s experience, probably even better. Regarding the car, despite the difficult moment we have been able to work in some areas. The team has done a great job and I think we have become even better. ” Sainz said in a statement.

Team Principal Sven Quandt praised the “great combination” of his two drivers. “Not only are they very fast, but they also work well together. We are very happy that both of them are racing with the team again, although the preparation for the Dakar is not easy,” he said, referring to the limitations caused by the pandemic.