Carlos Sainz says he needs to keep away from being left to drive on an expiring Ferrari contract in 2024, amid continued hypothesis over his future with the workforce.
Sainz’s present cope with Ferrari expires on the finish of subsequent season, however latest reviews claimed the Italian workforce had been eager to signal Lewis Hamilton, who’s at the moment solely contracted to Mercedes till the tip of 2023.
Hamilton and Ferrari workforce principal Frederic Vasseur each dismissed the reviews forward of the Monaco Grand Prix, however uncertainty stays over the Spaniard’s future after an unconvincing begin to his 2023 marketing campaign.
Sainz, who has additionally been linked with a transfer to Audi when the German producer enters F1 in 2026, says his principal precedence is to keep away from a repeat of 2018 when he drove for Renault with out understanding the place he could be the next season.
“Clearly I do not wish to reveal what my methods are when it comes to contractual negotiations as a result of it is one thing that I by no means disclose,” Sainz mentioned.
“However if you happen to’ve heard me in interviews up to now, I’ve all the time mentioned I like going into an F1 season understanding the place I will race the 12 months after, as a result of I went by way of that have at Renault and I did not take pleasure in it in any respect, the way in which all the things panned out, so that might be my goal.”
Requested if that meant he want to have his future resolved earlier than the tip of the 2023 season, Sainz added: “Not essentially this 12 months however earlier than the beginning of subsequent 12 months or in the course of the begin of subsequent 12 months.”
Sainz not searching for reassurances as ‘foolish season’ begins
Hypothesis over Hamilton’s future got here only a few weeks after Sainz’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc had been linked with a swap to Mercedes, which the Spaniard sees as affirmation that F1’s ‘foolish season’ has begun.
Vasseur mentioned that he felt no want to elucidate something to his drivers amid the Hamilton rumours, and Sainz confirmed that he hasn’t felt the necessity to search reassurances.
“Actually, no, as a result of I did not really feel like I must,” he mentioned. “I do know at the moment of the 12 months there’s all the time this type of rumours to occur. It is foolish season time.
“Every week and a half in the past I used to be going to Audi, per week in the past Charles was going to Mercedes, now Lewis is coming to Ferrari – it is the story of our lives in terms of this time of the 12 months.
“I have been lengthy sufficient in F1, greater than eight years, to know that that is that point of the 12 months.”
The 28-year-old is driving for a ninth season in F1, and says he’s far much less prone to be distracted by rumours at this stage of his profession.
“I feel again within the day you’ll learn the media much more, attempt to discover out much more,” he mentioned.
“Now I favor to give attention to my weekend and simply do not care what the others are saying or doing and give attention to myself – that is all the time labored out high-quality for me.”
Sainz endured one other difficult weekend on the Monaco Grand Prix as he crashed in follow on Friday earlier than dropping from fourth to eighth within the race after spinning within the moist.
The 28-year-old can be eager to placed on a powerful efficiency at his house race this weekend, with Formulation 1 returning to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Vasseur: Massive room for enchancment in Ferrari’s automotive
Ferrari can be bringing a considerable improve bundle to Spain as they search to get again into race-winning rivalry after an underwhelming begin to the 2023 season which has yielded just one podium end.
The Italian outfit have repeatedly been sturdy on a Saturday – together with claiming pole place in Azerbaijan for each the Grand Prix and Dash – however have struggled on race tempo on Sundays.
Mercedes have modified their automotive idea as they search to shut as much as Purple Bull’s dominant automotive, however Vasseur has dominated out Ferrari following an analogous path, feeling there’s nonetheless vital efficiency to search out of their SF23.
“It is not simply in regards to the potential and bundle and upgrades, we additionally should improve the automotive into a greater window. The primary goal for us is not only to place downforce on the automotive, it’s to have the automotive a bit extra constant,” Vasseur instructed the media on Tuesday.
“On high of the replace we’ve got a giant room for enchancment with the present automotive when it comes to efficiency.
“I might say that so long as I’m satisfied we are able to enhance the present automotive, it could be a mistake, in the course of the season, to alter fully the goal.
“Ought to the workforce determine in the course of the 2023 season to carry a very totally different automotive, I feel it would carry us to October and I’m not certain it is the perfect answer to enhance within the mid-term view.
“We have already got subsequent 12 months’s automotive within the wind tunnel, and we’re engaged on the following undertaking, however to attempt to introduce a very totally different automotive within the season, it’s fairly important at this stage of the season.”
He added: “You all the time have to remain calm, if the automotive was so tough to drive, I am unable to think about we might be one tenth off Verstappen [in Monaco GP Qualifying].
“If we’re affected by one thing, it’s consistency over the lap, over the race or from nook to nook and it is the place we should enhance however primarily for the race, however we’re engaged on it.
“It is not that we’re out of the tempo by potential [of the car].”
Sky Sports activities F1’s dwell Spanish GP schedule
Thursday June 1
2pm: Drivers’ Press Convention
Friday June 2
8.50am: F3 Apply
10.00am: F2 Apply
12pm: Spanish GP Apply One (session begins 12.30pm)
1.55pm: F3 Qualifying
2.50pm: F2 Qualifying
3.45pm: Spanish GP Apply Two (session begins 4pm)
5.15pm: The F1 Present: Spain
Saturday June 3
9.25am: F3 Dash
11.15am: Spanish GP Apply Three (session begins 11.30am)
1.10pm: F2 Dash
2.15pm: Spanish GP Qualifying build-up
3pm: Spanish GP Qualifying
6.15pm: IndyCar – Detroit GP Qualifying
Sunday June 4
8.50am: F3 Characteristic Race
10.20am: F2 Characteristic Race
12.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday Spanish GP build-up
2pm: THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX
4pm: Chequered Flag Spanish GP response
5.45pm: Indy NXT – Detroit GP
8pm: IndyCar – Detroit GP
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