Ferrari has reportedly initiated talks with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz over a new multi-year contracts

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz had a slender margin of a mere 6 points.


Ferrari has reportedly initiated talks with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz over a new multi-year contracts

Carlos Sainz, Fred Vasseur and Charles Leclerc (Via IMAGO)

Ferrari, after a nail-biting battle with Mercedes for the runner-up spot, clinched a hard-fought third place in the standings and were the only team to halt Red Bull’s sweeping dominance. The standout moment came in Singapore, where the Italian powerhouse secured a memorable victory, showcasing the prowess of their driver duo, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

As the season concluded, Ferrari now looks to secure the future of their dynamic pairing. Both Leclerc and Sainz, with contracts expiring in 2024, are in the spotlight for extensions until 2026. Team principal Fred Vasseur wisely delayed negotiations until the winter break, allowing the dust to settle after a thrilling season.

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Formu1a.uno reports that Ferrari has officially kicked off talks for the contract extensions, aiming to tie down Leclerc and Sainz for the long haul. Amidst earlier speculations of potential transfers, the recent developments quash any lingering doubts about the stability of Ferrari’s driver lineup.

Leclerc’s rumored move to Mercedes with a direct swap with Lewis Hamilton and Sainz’s speculated shift to the budding Audi team had stirred the F1 gossip mill. However, as the season progressed, these rumors gradually faded, and the ongoing negotiations affirmed the commitment of both drivers to the Scuderia.

Ferrari’s substantial overhaul positions them as formidable contenders in 2023

The 2024 season promises to be a battleground for supremacy, with Ferrari emerging as a formidable force. Alongside perennial rivals Mercedes and McLaren, the Scuderia is poised to challenge Red Bull’s dominance. The continuity in technical regulations and tire specifications provides a level playing field, igniting hopes for a riveting and unpredictable championship.

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Carlos Sainz singapore GP win celebrations
Carlos Sainz Singapore GP win celebrations (Credits: The Athletic)

Ferrari’s recent strides mark a significant shift in the F1 landscape. Having outperformed Mercedes in the last 9 out of 10 races and if not for their misfortune early in the season, they would’ve second place in the constructors’ championship.

The relentless pursuit of excellence is reflected in the ongoing developments shaping the 2024 model, the SF-24. With a focus on enhancing the car’s operational window, Ferrari aims for improved stability, particularly in high-speed corners and extended distances.

Under the hood, Ferrari’s commitment to excellence extends to engine improvements. Not only has the power unit seen commendable enhancements in both power and reliability, but the team’s engineers are already laying the groundwork for future dominance. The strategic focus on the 2026 development signals a long-term vision. 

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Amidst these ambitious undertakings, whispers in the paddock hint at a changing dynamic within Ferrari’s technical team. The rumored arrival of Loïc Serra in July 2024 and the anticipation of another high-profile figure in January 2025 suggest that the Scuderia is actively bolstering its engineering prowess. Ferrari gears up with SF-24 and upgraded power unit, welcoming new talent for the upcoming season.

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