Carlos Sainz’s future in F1 is uncertain after parting ways with Ferrari, and alternatives need to be thoroughly examined to avoid tragic mistakes.
Carlos Sainz’s future in F1, departing from Ferrari at the end of 2024, is at a crossroads. The choice of Audi seemed certain until some time ago, assuming that the Spaniard would still renew with Maranello until 2026. However, having to part ways with the Scuderia a year earlier could somehow complicate things for the Madrilenian.
The announcement of the century has shaken the world of Formula 1, a world of semi-certainties, as no seats had changed between 2023 and 2024. In the first weeks of the new year, Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari communicate a multi-year agreement, starting from 2025. An agreement that necessarily sees Carlos Sainz move away from Maranello.
The future of the Spanish driver seemed set, with a future at the heart of the Ingolstadt project. This is not only due to his father’s excellent relationship, who won the Dakar 2024 with Audi, but also because Carlos Sainz’s profile is perfect for the new German team, seeking a strong and experienced driver to lead the team in its pursuit of the front of the pack.
Now, however, different paths open up for the Spaniard, and some are starting to suggest that he should consider them. Karun Chandok, an opinion maker for Sky Sports for years, emphasizes that alternatives like Aston Martin and even Mercedes could be better seats for Carlos Sainz: Ingolstadt will have to be waited for, and competitiveness may not be immediate.
If Carlos Sainz wants to win immediately, given that he is no longer very young, he might end up in Toto Wolff’s WhatsApp contacts. The Aston Martin alternative would become viable if Fernando Alonso headed towards Brackley, but watch out for Yuki Tsunoda, a Honda protege and a potential new addition for Silverstone. The crazy 2025 market has already begun.