Carlos Sainz to Williams? James Vowles drops driver lineup hint

The Spaniard is looking for a drive in 2025 and Williams are rumoured to be favourites for his signature


Williams team principal James Vowles chose to stay tight-lipped on speculation linking the Formula 1 team with signing Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz for the 2025 season.

The Spaniard will be looking for a new team after the Scuderia opted to sign Lewis Hamilton to partner Charles Leclerc next year, bringing an end to his three-year association with the Italian manufacturer.

Sainz is one of four drivers to win a race this season after claiming victory at the Australian Grand Prix and there are several teams fighting to capture the 29-year-old’s signature, with Williams, Haas, Sauber and Alpine all understood to be keen.

Reports prior to the Canadian GP suggested Williams had clinched an agreement with Sainz to replace Logan Sargeant in 2025, but Vowles refused to divulge whether there was any truth in those reports as he praised Sainz’s driving ability.

James Vowles has a decision to make. | Williams F1 Team

“First and foremost, I think Carlos is an exceptional driver, he’s a race-winning driver. I think any team would be privileged to have him as a part of their organisation,” Vowles told the written press in Canada, including, on Friday after FP1. “But more than that, there’s nothing to say at the moment. Nothing more than that.”

Asked if it will be a matter of weeks or months before their driver lineup is made public, Vowles joked: “Definitely, 100 per cent by December I’ll be able to tell you.”

Sainz denies Williams report

Having been linked with Red Bull and Mercedes, many believed Sainz would turn to Sauber – soon to be Audi – after both teams reportedly turned down the chance to hire him. But reports that he had agreed a three-year contract appear to have been premature.

An exasperated Sainz was once again left frustrated with the apparent inaccuracy of media reports claiming he had signed a deal with Williams – and confirmed he is yet to put pen to paper with any team.

β€œThe only thing I can tell you is there is nothing locked in,” said Sainz. β€œI’ve seen reports in the media – I don’t know if it’s in Spain – people saying I’ve signed [for Williams]. You look at those things, it makes me laugh because I remember seeing reports three months ago that I had signed for Mercedes, reports that I had signed for Red Bull.

β€œNow obviously that’s not going to happen. So, it’s funny, now people are saying I’ve signed for Williams. It makes me laugh but sometimes this goes a bit unpunished in a way for some media persons.

“And I’m not talking about you guys [F1 journalists], because you guys are deep down within Formula 1 and you know when something’s been signed or not. I can just tell you that obviously it concerns me that people can get away with that kind of stuff.”

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.
- Advertisment -


Should F1 adopt a football-style transfer window for drivers? Max Verstappen is the proof...

Formula 1 is unlike any other sport, and that's fine - the F1 purists thrive on its unique qualities....

What went wrong for Will Brown, Cam Waters in NASCAR Cup debuts

The NASCAR Cup Series had some Australian flavour Sunday when Supercars Championship stars Will Brown and Cameron Waters made...

What we learned from the 2024 Canadian GP

Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium after a terrible 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with an...
Norman Nato leads the field at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E 2024-25 calendar announced for first Gen3 Evo season

Formula E have announced its provisional calendar for the 2024-25 season, which will be the first campaign for the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen aces huge Canadian GP test as Red Bull and Perez falter

While Lando Norris was frustrated with his team, George Russell committed a litany of errors and Lewis Hamilton lamented...

F1 risks repeating mistake with new 2026 regulations announcement

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali unveiled the sport's much-heralded new era of racing in 2026 promising "a new generation...

F1 Winners and Losers of the 2024 Canadian GP

The dust settled on a barnstorming 2024 Canadian Grand Prix weekend with Max Verstappen returning to the top step...
George Russell at 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

George Russell mistakes exposed as Mercedes face major concern

George Russell may have started the Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix on pole position, yet there was a...
Race winner Max Verstappen and third placed George Russell of Mercedes during press conference after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Canadian GP 2024

The Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix promised to offer unpredictability with interchangeable weather and, for fans at the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen warns Red Bull teammate Perez: You can afford these one-offs… sometimes

Max Verstappen fired a warning shot to Sergio Perez just days after his teammate extended his Red Bull contract...
- Advertisment -