'Max Verstappen not eager to have Carlos Sainz as team-mate'

They were paired together as rookies at Toro Rosso back in 2015

By Web Desk
March 27, 2024
Carlos Sainz will be without a team in 2025. - F1

Dutch F1 pundit Ernest Knoors believes that Max Verstappen would not be "keen" to reunite with Carlos Sainz as his teammate next season, given the "politics" and "pressure" that it might bring.

Verstappen and Sainz were paired together as rookies at Toro Rosso back in 2015, and Sainz is currently "jobless", as he put it, for 2025, but is likely to be attracting interest after a stellar start to the season.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner admitted that Sainz could be among the candidates to partner Verstappen in 2025, the former Red Bull-affiliated driver having been something of a "nemesis" for his old employers as the only non-Red Bull race winner since mid-2022.

But given that Sainz is likely to be one of many candidates considered by Red Bull, not least current driver Sergio Perez, whom Horner and the team have stressed that the seat is 'his to lose' for 2025, they have no shortage of options for who to place alongside the three-time World Champion.

But former Ferrari engineer Knoors pointed out that if Verstappen’s own future would lie elsewhere, then Sainz would be a strong bet to sign for Red Bull next season anyway.

“I think this is a very interesting one,” Knoors said to the Dutch edition of Motorsport.com.

“I think you also have to see this a bit in Christian Horner and the power struggle with Helmut Marko, and Red Bull Thailand and Red Bull Austria.

“If Christian feels Max Verstappen and Jos Verstappen and camp Helmut Marko are putting a bit of pressure on him, then you could say: ‘Well, someone like Carlos Sainz. If I bring that in, then I have someone with whom I can potentially become champion.’