Sainz: Three months to reach 2025 contract agreement at Ferrari or otherwise

Carlos Sainz's Ferrari contract runs out in 2024, while Charles Leclerc has reportedly been offered a bumper extension

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Carlos Sainz has reiterated he wants to have his 2025 contract agreed before he starts the 2024 Formula 1 season, but also rubbished any rumours that he and Ferrari don’t see eye-to-eye on a new deal.

Ferrari are reportedly unwilling to offer Sainz the multi-year extension he’s seeking with a huge shake-up of the driver market potentially incoming to coincide with F1‘s new regulations for 2026, but the Spaniard stressed he does feel valued in Maranello.

Sainz recorded Ferrari‘s only Grand Prix win of 2023 and looked set to beat his teammate until misfortune in the final two races meant he finished six points behind, though Charles Leclerc had a better qualifying and race head-to-head record.

Leclerc has been rewarded with a bumper five-year contract extension according to reports in Italy, although Frederic Vasseur has denied any new deals have been signed.

“There have been talks, I want to start 2024 knowing my next destination where I’ll be racing in 2025,” Sainz said at an Estrella Galicia sponsor’s event.

“My priority is to renew and continue for many more years, we are both happy. We have three months to reach that agreement before the first race.

“There is talk of what I am being offered but it is said without knowing, I will not speculate, I want to renew and I like to do it for more than one year and that is my intention.

“I feel very valued by Fred and Ferrari, I feel loved and I will renew if I continue to feel that way.”

Sainz: Ferrari know what I’m capable of

Carlos Sainz celebrates with the Ferrari fans on the podium at the Monza alongside 2023 Italian GP one-two finishers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Despite Leclerc finishing ahead in the final standings, Sainz delivered Ferrari‘s two biggest highlights – in the space of a fortnight at the 2023 Italian and Singapore Grand Prix.

His victory on the Marina Bay Circuit was the only non-Red Bull grand prix win of the 2023 season, and certainly wasn’t a cakewalk – Sainz was under serious pressure from both Mercedes in the closing stages but cannily kept second-placed Lando Norris in his DRS range to make it harder for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to catch the leading pair.

And his performance at Monza was just as impressive, Sainz claimed pole position by just 0.013 seconds from Max Verstappen and then gave absolutely everything to keep the Dutchman behind him for much of the first stint, despite the Red Bull proving much faster in race trim.

After a similarly tenacious yet ultimately futile defence of Perez later in the race, Sainz managed to hold off his teammate on tyres bearing the war wounds of all that fighting.

“They know what I am capable of for the last three years, my qualities, Sainz added. “Maybe Monza was more of a message to the Tifosi, it was so much fun to be in front with Ferrari at home against Red Bull, there was more of a bond of giving my all for the team. It didn’t change my status in the team, but I hope it did for the Tifosi.”

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