Where will Carlos Sainz Jr end up? Speculation heats up over 2025 F1 seat

With Alpine making a late entry to secure Sainz Jr, he remains cork in the bottle to get the driver market moving.

Pop Culture & Art June 24, 2024

Alpine has made a late push to secure Sainz, with the team showing marked improvement in recent races. Both Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon finished in the points at the Spanish Grand Prix, marking a second consecutive double points finish for the team. This improvement, along with the appointment of former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore as a special advisor, has positioned Alpine as an attractive option for Sainz, as reported by Motorsport.com.

On the other hand, Sauber, soon to become the Audi works team in 2026, has been keen to bring Sainz on board according to Motorsport.com. Audi has reportedly offered Sainz a lucrative three-year deal, seeing him as the perfect fit to lead their new venture alongside Nico Hulkenberg. Despite this, Sainz has expressed reservations, likely due to Sauber's current struggles, having not scored any points this season.

Adding to the mix, Williams has emerged as a serious contender, engaging in advanced talks with Sainz. Reports suggest that Williams has proposed a one-year deal with an option for extension, providing Sainz with the flexibility he desires as he considers his long-term future. Williams' recent performance has shown promise, making it a viable option for Sainz.

Sainz has emphasized the importance of making the right decision at this critical stage in his career at the Spanish GP press conference. He has not set a strict deadline but aims to consider all options carefully before committing. His father, Carlos Sainz Sr., has been actively involved, visiting various team motorhomes, indicating ongoing discussions.

As the driver market remains fluid, all eyes are on Sainz as he deliberates his next move. Whether he opts for the established structure of Audi, the improving prospects at Alpine, or the potential at Williams, his decision will significantly impact the F1 grid in 2025.



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