Carlos Sainz confirms departure from Ferrari as Lewis Hamilton joins team

Lewis Hamilton has confirmed he will leave Mercedes with Ferrari also announcing his arrival at the Maranello from 2025


In a day of significant developments within the Formula 1 paddock, Carlos Sainz has officially announced that the 2024 season will be his last with Scuderia Ferrari, as Lewis Hamilton‘s impending move to Ferrari for the 2025 F1 season being a pivotal factor in Sainz‘s decision

Sainz is contracted until the end of the 2024 campaign with Ferrari, and despite contract negotiations between the two parties over an extension, and after a deal was agreed and Hamilton, Sainz’s time at Maranello was effectively over. 

“Following today’s news, Scuderia Ferrari and myself will part ways at the end of 2024,” Sainz said in a statement released on social media.

“We still have a long season ahead of us and, like always, I will give my absolute best of the team and for the TIfosi around the world. News about my future will be announced in due course.”

The Spanish driver, who has been with Ferrari since 2021, produced consistent performances, including a memorable victory at the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix, which underscored his capability to compete at the highest level of motorsport.

With Sainz‘s departure confirmed, speculation abounds regarding his next destination. The experienced Spaniard is known for his adaptability and competitive edge, making him a valuable asset for any team looking to strengthen their lineup for the 2025 season and beyond.

Sainz’s next move in F1?

One of the most intriguing prospects for Sainz is the anticipated transition to the newly rebranded Audi F1 team, set to take over the Sauber operation in 2026.

This move would not only reunite Sainz with Andreas Seidl, his former team principal at McLaren, but also align him with a brand that has a storied history of success in motorsports, from the World Rally Championship to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Dakar Rally victories. 

Audi‘s ambitious entry into Formula 1, coupled with a cutting-edge approach to the new regulations, including a significant focus on hybrid technology, presents a unique opportunity for Sainz to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of a team.

Another potential avenue for Sainz could be Mercedes. With Toto Wolff previously expressing interest in Sainz as a key talent, and the team looking to maintain its competitive edge post-Hamilton, Sainz‘s experience and skill set could offer the Silver Arrows a fresh perspective and renewed vigor in their quest for championships.

From his early days at Toro Rosso to his impactful tenure at McLaren and his time with Ferrari, Sainz has consistently demonstrated his capability to compete at the highest levels, earn the respect of his peers, and contribute significantly to the teams he has been a part of.

As Sainz embarks on this new chapter, his departure from Ferrari not only marks the end of a significant phase in his career but also the beginning of a new journey filled with potential and promise.

With several options on the horizon, the motorsport community will be watching closely to see where Sainz‘s path leads next, confident that his best chapters may yet be unwritten.

John Smith
Editor at and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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