Carlos Sainz won’t entertain ‘stupid talk’ about his future with Ferrari

Michelle Foster
Carlos Sainz on the grid before the race. Miami May 2023

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz on the grid before the race. Miami May 2023

Linked to Audi come 2026, Carlos Sainz says it would be “stupid to talk” about his future as he’s still under contract with Ferrari and wants to win a title with the Scuderia.

Sainz joined Ferrari in 2021 with some pundits claiming he’d been signed as Charles Leclerc’s number two but the Spaniard put paid to that as he beat the Monégasque driver in their first season as team-mates.

Although he lost that tussle the following season, Sainz claimed his maiden Formula 1 race win at the British Grand Prix with the 2022 campaign also yielding his first-ever pole position.

Ferrari, though, have not been able to build on that this year with the Scuderia’s SF-23 woefully off the pace set by Red Bull.

To date neither Ferrari driver has won a grand prix, Red Bull claiming all five wins, while only Leclerc has featured on the podium with Sainz’s best result a P4 at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

With Ferrari off the boil, the team-mates have found themselves in the headlines with rumours linking them to rival teams – Leclerc to Mercedes and Sainz to Audi who will join the grid in 2026.

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The Spaniard insists it’s too early to talk about his future as right now he’s committed to Ferrari, and to becoming a World Champion with the Italian team.

“I know there’s still two very important years ahead of us,” he told The Race, “and I think further up than that would be stupid to talk about.

“But I feel I still have yet to achieve my full potential as a driver. And I feel like at least here I’ve already done another good step in the right direction.

“My immediate future, I only see it with Ferrari and wanting to be successful with this team. There’s nothing that would make me happier than winning again with Ferrari, than mounting a title challenge with Ferrari.

“If you win it or not, it’s a championship fight. You can come out on top or not. But mounting that challenge is short- and medium-term what really motivates me.

“I feel really at home with the team. There’s a good atmosphere. I know there’s a lot of noise around, but I see the factory myself, and everyone in a good place right now.”

Sainz’s comments are in line with his team-mate Leclerc’s, the five-time grand prix winner also adamant he wants to stay at Ferrari.

Earlier this month he was asked about the on-going Mercedes rumours and replied: “I believe in the team [Ferrari] 100 percent and trust everyone from the mechanic to the team boss.

“But it’s not a one-way street anyway: the team has to believe in me too. But it’s still too early to talk about a new contract.”

Five races into what is now a 22-race season after Imola was cancelled, Sainz is fifth in the Drivers’ Championship with 44 points, 75 behind championship leader Max Verstappen.