Carlos Sainz set to announce F1 future as two teams face anxious wait

The Ferrari driver has several options to choose from as he mulls over choosing his next team for the 2025 season.


Carlos Sainz has revealed he will make a decision about his future “very soon” as he prepares to announce which team he will be joining for the Formula 1 2025 season.

The Ferrari star already knows he will be leaving the Scuderia after three seasons with the Italian manufacturer, with MercedesLewis Hamilton replacing him to partner Charles Leclerc from next year.

Sainz’s availability has sparked a tug-of-war between some of the midfield teams on the grid, with Williams believed to be at the front of the queue after holding talks with his management. The Wantage team are waiting for his final decision as Sainz continues to mull over his future.

Alpine are also keen on the 29-year-old driver and have a seat to fill with Esteban Ocon‘s exit confirmed in Canada, while Sauber – who will begin their transition to welcome Audi from 2025 – could decide against extending Valtteri Bottas or Zhou Guanyu‘s contracts.

Carlos Sainz looks on at the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP in Imola | Ferrari
Carlos Sainz looks on at the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP in Imola | Ferrari

Ahead of his home race at the Spanish Grand Prix, Sainz promised to reveal his next steps in the near future after pondering his future for the best part of four months.

“The latest is that our decision will be taken very soon. I don’t want to wait any longer,” Sainz told the written press in Barcelona, including “It’s getting to a point where it’s obviously taken space out of my head for quite a few few weeks and months now. I think it’s time to make a decision and the decision will be taken soon.”

Carlos Sainz faces dilemma

Williams boss James Vowles was complimentary of Sainz’s ability as a driver at the previous race in Montreal but both parties denied they had signed an agreement for him to join Alex Albon next season.

Audi could also offer a lucrative challenge for Sainz, given that his father is associated with their rallying team. But neither team is near the front of the grid, meaning it represents a gamble either way, and the former McLaren driver conceded he is still unsure on which direction to take his career.

Asked if he was clear about where he wanted to go, Sainz admitted he was caught in two minds about deciding his future and preparing himself in the best way possible for his upcoming home race.

“No, that’s the thing, I’m still not sure one way or another. It’s still something that I’m discussing with my team and brainstorming and I need a couple of days back at home,” Sainz added.

“Before the Spanish Grand Prix, I’ve been at home but you don’t have your head [focused on] the future, you are heading into [the] Spanish Grand Prix. It has been a very hectic few couple of weeks after Canada for me, so I haven’t had time to really sit down and take a decision, and this is what I will target in the next few weeks.”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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