Despite a 2023 Formula One season far below expectations, Ferrari’s top management speaks positively about the future that awaits the two drivers. The 2023 season was supposed to mark the return to the world title with the SF-23; however, the project revealed shortcomings in various aspects, making it impossible to compete against Red Bull. The future, however, seems to bring good news, with President John Elkann announcing the renewal of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.
The official confirmation of the stay of the two drivers has not arrived yet, but rumors on the subject have become increasingly persistent recently. Some paddock rumors talk about a multi-year contract extension for the Monegasque, possibly extending beyond 2026. Carlos Sainz’s contract also seems to be multi-year, with an expiration date preceding Charles Leclerc’s.
Charles Leclerc’s stay with Scuderia Ferrari could be one of the longest in the team’s history. In fact, if he were to remain until 2028 (as rumored in the environment), it would be a 10-season contract driving for the Italian side.
John Elkann’s words about Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc
John Elkann’s role has often been criticized for being less present during the 2023 season for Ferrari. However, what we have seen during race weekends is not necessarily indicative that the president did not intervene directly in Maranello. With Ferrari’s recent results, optimism and approval for Frederic Vasseur‘s work have also grown a year after his appointment. A job that led Ferrari executives to leave the French manager of the freedom to choose.
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“Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc? They stay, for sure. The season was disappointing because we finished third in the championship. But in the last quarter of the season, we were able to compete with Red Bull and achieved many pole positions. Now we have to take all of this and push even harder.”
These are the words of the Ferrari president during the Exor Investor Day, as reported by the Italpress Agency.