What now for Carlos Sainz? Ferrari driver will be out of a job after Lewis Hamilton’s arrival

Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari at the end of the 2024 Formula 1 season meaning Carlos Sainz will be looking for a seat

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As the Formula 1 community stands on the brink of a major shake-up with Lewis Hamilton‘s move to Ferrari, the spotlight inevitably turns to Carlos Sainz, whose future has been a subject of intense speculation.

While his tenure at Ferrari drawing to a close, Sainz‘s journey in Formula 1 is far from over. Armed with talent, determination, and a competitive spirit that has seen him challenge the sport’s titans, Sainz is poised to embark on a new chapter that promises to add more thrilling stories to his already illustrious career.

Recent developments have clarified that Sainz‘s time with Ferrari is set to conclude after the 2024 season, not due to a fallout over contract details but as a result of Ferrari’s internal strategy to bring in Lewis Hamilton.

This move, aimed at bolstering the team’s marketing prowess as much as its on-track performance, has left Sainz looking towards new horizons. However, Sainz‘s status as a top-tier driver remains undisputed, underscored by his victory against Red Bull in Singapore, marking him as a driver capable of leading a team to glory.

Sauber and the transition to Audi

The most prominent path that looms ahead for Sainz is with Sauber, which is set to transform into Audi F1 by 2026. This transition is not merely cosmetic; Audi‘s entry into Formula 1 is marked by ambition and innovation, as evidenced by their success across various motorsport disciplines, including the Dakar Rally with a hybrid car.

With Andreas Seidl, Sainz‘s former boss at McLaren, at the helm, Audi‘s project offers a compelling opportunity for Sainz to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of a team with a rich motorsport legacy.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz speak at the 2023 Las Vegas GP | Scuderia Ferrari

Mercedes: A potential powerhouse partnership

Another intriguing possibility for Sainz‘s future lies with Mercedes. With Toto Wolff having previously expressed interest in Sainz as a potential addition to the team, the departure of Hamilton could reopen the door for Sainz to join the Silver Arrows.

Partnering with George Russell, Sainz would bring experience, skill, and a proven track record of success to a team eager to reclaim its dominant position at the forefront of Formula 1.

Red Bull: An unlikely destination

Despite the allure of joining a team as successful as Red Bull, Spanish outlet MARCA confirms that this is not a viable option for Sainz. Having previously chosen to leave the Red Bull driver program for opportunities with Renault and then McLaren, Sainz has shown a preference for environments where he can compete on equal terms, rather than risk being relegated to a secondary role.

Carlos Sainz durinf Friday’s Miami GP practice: Credit @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Looking ahead

As the Formula 1 landscape continues to evolve, Carlos Sainz stands at a crossroads, with several paths open before him. His next move is eagerly anticipated, with the certainty that wherever he lands, Sainz will continue to be a formidable force on the grid.

The end of his Ferrari chapter marks not a conclusion but the beginning of a new adventure in a career that has consistently defied expectations and captivated fans around the world.

As discussions progress and the 2024 F1 season approaches, the future may still hold surprises for Sainz and Formula 1 enthusiasts alike. One thing is clear: a driver of Carlos Sainz‘s caliber will always be in demand, and his next team will gain not just a proven competitor but a driver with the potential to redefine their fortunes.

The coming months will reveal where Sainz‘s journey will take him next, but one thing is certain – his story in Formula 1 is far from finished.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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