Carlos Sainz: Ferrari driver reveals main contract desire amid uncertainty over future with Italian team


Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari contract expires at the end of the 2024 season

Carlos Sainz says he wants to avoid being left to drive on a Ferrari contract that expires in 2024, amid ongoing speculation over his future with the team.

Sainz’s current deal with Ferrari expires at the end of next season, but recent reports claim the Italian team were keen on signing Lewis Hamilton, who is currently only contracted to Mercedes until the end of 2023 .

Hamilton and Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur both dismissed the reports ahead of the Monaco grand prix, but uncertainty remains over the Spaniard’s future after an unconvincing start to his 2023 campaign.

Sainz, who has also been linked with a move to Audi if the German manufacturer enters F1 in 2026, says his main priority is to avoid a repeat of 2018, when he drove for Renault without knowing whether he would compete next season. Where will you be?

“Obviously I don’t want to reveal my strategies in terms of contract negotiations because that’s something I never reveal,” Sainz said.

“But if you’ve heard me in interviews in the past, I’ve always said that I like going into an F1 season knowing where I’m going to race the year after, because I went through that experience at Renault and I didn’t.” Don’t enjoy it at all, the way everything turned out, so that will be my goal.”

Asked if this meant he would like to settle his future before the end of the 2023 season, Sainz said: “Not necessarily this year but before the beginning of next year or during the beginning of next year.”

Carlos Sainz says he was surprised by his team's decision on his first pit stop after a disappointing Monaco GP for Ferrari.

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Carlos Sainz says he was surprised by his team’s decision on his first pit stop after a disappointing Monaco GP for Ferrari.

Carlos Sainz says he was surprised by his team’s decision on his first pit stop after a disappointing Monaco GP for Ferrari.

Sainz not seeking reassurance as ‘silly season’ begins

Speculation over Hamilton’s future has mounted just weeks after Sainz’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc was linked with a switch to Mercedes, which the Spaniard sees as confirmation that F1’s ‘silly season’ has begun.

Vasseur said he did not feel the need to explain anything to his drivers amid the Hamilton rumours, and Sainz confirmed he did not feel the need to seek reassurance.

“Honestly, no, because I didn’t feel like I needed to,” he said. “I know there are always rumors like this this time of year. It’s that time of the silly season.

“A week and a half ago I was going to Audi, a week ago Charles was going to Mercedes, now Lewis is coming to Ferrari – it’s the story of our lives when it comes to this time of year.

“I’ve been in F1 long enough, more than eight years, to know it’s that time of year again.”

Lewis Hamilton insists he is happy at Mercedes and dismissed reports of a possible move to Ferrari.

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Lewis Hamilton insists he is happy at Mercedes and dismissed reports of a possible move to Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton insists he is happy at Mercedes and dismissed reports of a possible move to Ferrari.

The 28-year-old is driving for a ninth season in F1, and says there is little chance of him being distracted by the rumors at this stage of his career.

“I think back in the day you read the media a lot, try to find out a lot,” he said.

“Now I prefer to focus on my weekend and not care about what others are saying or doing and focus on myself – that’s always been good for me.”

Sainz suffered another challenging weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, as he crashed in practice on Friday and fell from fourth to eighth in the race after spinning in the wet.

The 28-year-old will be keen to put in a strong performance at his home race this weekend, with Formula 1 returning to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vasseur: Ferrari’s car has a lot of room for improvement

Ferrari has claimed only one podium finish in 2023 so far

Ferrari has claimed only one podium finish in 2023 so far

Ferrari will bring a substantial upgrade package to the Spaniard as they look to get back into race-winning contention after a lackluster start to the 2023 season that has yielded just one podium finish.

The Italian outfit has been regularly strong on Saturday – including claiming pole position in Azerbaijan for both the grand prix and sprint – but has struggled on race pace on Sunday.

Mercedes have changed their car concept as they seek to lock down Red Bull’s flagship car, but Vasser refuses to follow Ferrari down a similar path, feeling that their SF23 still has significant potential. The performance is yet to happen.

“It’s not just about capacity and package and upgrades, we also have to upgrade the car to have a better window. The first goal for us is not just to put pressure on the car, it’s to make the car a bit more consistent,” Vasseur said on Tuesday. told the media.

“On top of the updates we have a huge room for improvement with the current car in terms of performance.

Charles Leclerc sits down with Martin Brundle to discuss the season so far and the recent crashes.

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Charles Leclerc sits down with Martin Brundle to discuss the season so far and the recent crashes.

Charles Leclerc sits down with Martin Brundle to discuss the season so far and the recent crashes.

“I would say that while I am convinced that we can improve on the current car, it would be a mistake, during the course of the season, to completely change the target.

“Should the team decide to bring in a completely different car during the 2023 season, I think it will bring us into October and I am not sure it is the best solution to improve the mid-term outlook.

“We already have next year’s car in the wind tunnel, and we are working on the next project, but to try to present a completely different car in the season, it is quite important at this stage of the season.”

He added: “You always have to be calm, if the car was so difficult to drive, I can’t imagine we would be tenth behind Verstappen. [in Monaco GP Qualifying],

“If we are suffering from something, it is the consistency on the lap, in the race or from corner to corner and this is where we should improve but mainly for the race, but we are working on it.

“It’s not that we’re out of pace with capacity [of the car],

Ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Sky Sports F1 Live Spanish GP Schedule

Thursday 1 June
2 pm: Drivers’ press conference

Friday June 2
8.50am: F3 Practice
10.00am: F2 Practice
12 noon: Spanish GP Practice One (Session starts 12.30 pm)
1.55 pm: F3 Qualifying
2.50 pm: F2 Qualifying
3.45 PM: Spanish GP Practice Two (Session starts at 4 PM)
5.15pm: The F1 Show: Spain

Saturday June 3
9.25am: F3 Sprint
11.15am: Spanish GP Practice Three (session starts 11.30am)
1.10 pm: F2 Sprint
2.15 pm: Spanish GP qualifying build-up
3 pm: Spanish GP Qualifying
6.15pm: Indycar – Detroit GP Qualifying

sunday 4 june
8.50am: F3 Feature Race
10.20am: F2 Feature Race
12.30 pm: Grand Prix Sunday Spanish GP Build-up
2 pm: Spanish Grand Prix
4pm: Checkered flag Spanish GP reaction
5.45 PM: Indy NXT – Detroit GP
8 PM: INDYCAR – Detroit GP

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