Alpine, the Sainz Jr surprise?

Alpine, the Sainz Jr surprise?

While the Sauber teams and, above all, Williams would be in the front line to attract Carlos Sainz Jr next season, the managers of Alpine would have contacted the Spanish driver’s entourage with a lucrative offer.

What if Alpine was planning a big move? Since last February, Carlos Sainz Jr has been looking for a seat for next season. Indeed, the Spanish driver will give up his place at Ferrari to Lewis Hamilton. The winner of the last Australian Grand Prix enjoys the highest popularity rating but the seats within the top teams are already filled. While Sergio Pérez has already extended his contract with Red Bull Racing, Mercedes seems decided to trust the young Italian driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli to replace Lewis Hamilton.

Recently, noises from the paddock suggest that the son of former world rally champion Carlos Sainz has two choices available to him. The first is to join Nico Hülkenberg at Sauberwhich will become Audi from 2026. However, the second leads straight to the Williams stablewho no longer counts on Logan Sargeant, and it is the latter who has been holding the rope for several days.

Alpine could beat Williams and Sauber for Sainz Jr

However, according to information from the British magazine
Autosporta third path has recently opened up.
There is talk of an “attractive contractual offer” from the Alpine team, whose organizational chart has just been strengthened by the return of Flavio Briatore in the role of executive advisor reporting to Luca de Meo, general director of the Renault group. While the Italian businessman assured this weekend that Pierre Gasly is part of his plans for 2025 and beyond, a potential return to Enstone for Carlos Sainz Jr would be a strong message sent to the entire paddock, given the Spaniard’s pedigree.

In any case, the latter seems determined to make a decision regarding his future within a very short time, which seems to have accelerated things at Alpine as its leaders plan to directly confront Jack Doohan and Mick Schumacher, both candidates for a starting seat for next season.
The renewed form shown by the A524 this weekend during the Spanish Grand Prix could bring grist to the French team’s mill in this matter.

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