Carlos Sainz in talks with multiple franchises as Ferrari’s exit certain

The Spaniard recently clinched the Australian Grand Prix

By Web Desk
March 27, 2024
Carlos Sainz poses after winning the 2024 Australian GP. — Reuters

Carlos Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc confirmed that the Spaniard is in talks with multiple F1 team principles to secure a drive for the 2025 season as Ferrari’s exit remains certain.

Ferrari is set to replace Sainz with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton who will bid farewell to Mercedes at the end of the 2024 season.

Sainz’s recent triumphs in F1 have put top F1 franchises on alert as the Spaniard will be in demand for the 2025 season and he has already started talking with some of them.

"I think everybody knows Carlos' worth in the paddock - he's one of the highest-rated drivers in the paddock," said the Leclerc.

"He's been extremely strong every time he was in a Formula 1 car. And he has shown it multiple times. So I don't think he's underrated for that. I think everybody knows Carlos' worth.

"And that's why I've said many times that I'm not too worried about his future because I'm sure that many, many team principals are... He doesn't say it, but for sure they are speaking with him. And I'm sure he will have many opportunities and he'll just have to make the best choice for his career."

Remember, on March 24, Sainz clinched the F1 Australian Grand Prix 2024 as he ended Red Bull’s winning streak following Max Verstappen’s early exit with an engine fire.

Having missed the previous race in Saudi Arabia due to an appendix surgery two weeks ago, Sainz started on the front row alongside Red Bull’s icon and passed him on lap two and took control of the race when Verstappen finally retired with an engine failure.

Verstappen was on a nine-race winning streak after claiming victories in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the first two F1 races of the 2024 season.

The first two spots at the Australian GP belonged to Ferrari with Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc finishing behind the Spaniard, giving the first 1-2 result to Ferrari since 2022.