Ferrari has reportedly refused Carlos Sainz’s demand of a multi-year contract extension
Ferrari and Carlos Sainz struggle to compromise on the terms of his deal extension beyond 2024.
Carlos Sainz (Via IMAGO)
With the 2024 season fast approaching, the silly season that comes along with it promises to be very impactful for the sport as most drivers on the grids have contracts concluding in 2024. One team that is looking to keep both their drivers on the team is the Scuderia Ferrari.
However, a conflict of interest has presented itself. With Charles Leclerc’s contract out of the way and satisfied, having extended his deal till the end of 2029, Carlos Sainz has not yet finalized his agreements with the team. Sainz wants a multi-year contract to remain with Ferrari until atleast 2026, when Audi and possibly Andretti enter the grid.
Ferrari have reportedly refused this, however, as the Italian squad are looking to keep Sainz on for only the 2025 season. For the 2026 regulation changes, Ferrari has their eyes on Lando Norris, who could potentially be lured away from McLaren to don the scarlet red race suit for Championship hopes.
Carlos Sainz could potentially be a Red Bull prospect
With the driver market already beginning to shift as teams have begun passing around contracts to drivers, the 2025 F1 grid could huge changes from the current one. Carlos Sainz for one has yet to finalize a deal with Ferrari, for whom he has won two Grands Prix in the past two seasons.
Sainz wants a two-year deal, while Ferrari is reportedly only willing to give the Spaniard a single-year extension. With their eyes on McLaren star Lando Norris to partner with Charles Leclerc, Ferrari may not agree on a deal with Carlos Sainz.
Red Bull though is looking for a driver to partner with Max Verstappen in 2025, and that may or may not be his current teammate Sergio Perez. If Perez is replaced, then the favorites for the job are Daniel Ricciardo and Liam Lawson. However, with Ricciardo’s slight decrease in form towards the end of the season and Lawson’s lack of experience, Red Bull could turn to Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz to fill the shoes that Sergio Perez currently wears.
A former Red Bull Academy graduate and Toro Rosso driver himself, Sainz is familiar with the Red Bull environment. Sainz also was the only non-Red Bull driver to win a race this season, asserting his consistent form which is what Red Bull needs. The Austrian outfit will undoubtedly focus on Max Verstappen though, which could potentially go against Sainz’s interests.
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