Carlos Sainz - Where to next?

Published on 29 March 2024 at 16:00

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz cuts his ties with the Tifosi at the end of the season and is being replaced by seven-time world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton next season.

So where will the Spaniard be driving for 2025?

Sainz joined the Red Bull Junior Driver programme in 2010 at the age of 16, he made his way through Formula three with a successful campaign in both Euro Series and the British Championship two years later. 

It was only a year later where Sainz joined Arden, where he met co-owner and Red Bull prinicipal Christian Horner during his junior programme stint. 

During the 2013 Formula One season, Sainz had tested for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso at Silverstone and two years later he received the call to join Toro Rosso F1 team alongside now 3x world champion Max Verstappen. 

The 2017 season we saw a team change with Sainz making the transition to Renault driving with Nico Hulkenburg. 

After only spending one season with the Renault family, another move was made over to the Papaya team McLaren. 

Replacing fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso, Sainz seemed to be at his peak during his time with McLaren compared to his previous seasons with two podium finishes. 

The 2020 season was close and Ferrari had announced that four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel would not be renewing his contract with the team and would be leaving to join Aston Martin where he would spend his last two seasons in F1.

Sainz created some of his best career performances with beating teammate Charles Leclerc with fifth place in the World Championship with Leclerc struggling behind in seventh.

But let's not forget last weekend's Ferrari 1-2 with Sainz on the top spot at the Australian Grand Prix with Leclerc second and McLaren's Lando Norris third.

Following an appendix removal in previous days, an operation seemed to be the charm to success. 

Sainz exclaimed:"I think I will recommend all the drivers to take out their appendix!" (Scuderia Ferrari)


However, his seat in Formula One remains vacant with Hamilton taking over his position fans are left wondering whether the 29-year-old will join Alonso at Aston Martin for a full Spanish lineup or maybe he will reunite with Horner at the Red Bull garage again for another year. 

So what will it be? 

Driving alongside a 2x world champion or a current 3x world champion? 

The Japanese Grand Prix begins April 5 at 3:30am GMT.


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