Audi courts Sainz Jr

Audi courts Sainz Jr

While Lewis Hamilton will take his place next season at Ferrari, Carlos Sainz Jr is being courted by many teams, the latest being Sauber-Audi, whose boss Alessandro Alunni Bravi has not hidden his desire to recruit the Spanish pilot.

The arrival announced several months ago of Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari next season should cause a game of musical chairs in Formula 1, and the one from whom he will take the place within the Scuderia, Carlos Sainz Jr (29 years old), will not still does not know what colors he will wear in 2025. Many teams would like to recruit him, and on the sidelines of the Miami Grand Prix, it was Alessandro Alunni Bravi, the boss of the Sauber team, which will become Audi in 2026, who told him courtship.

“Everyone knows that there is a top driver available on the market, it’s Carlos Sainz. I think everyone would like to have Carlos, he told Motorsport. He shows himself to be extremely mature, he is a good driver to develop the car, to lead the team in terms of development, but at the same time he is very consistent, very strong both in qualifying and in the race. I believe Ferrari has one of the best driver pairs. But we also know that the driver market does not depend only on us. It depends on different factors. And there are a lot of teams talking to drivers. And there are several options for our team. We will evaluate the situation, but now that we have announced Nico, we are in no hurry to make this choice. We are only at the very beginning. »

Sainz Jr: “I want to make the right decision”

At the end of April, the Sauber team announced the arrival of Nico Hülkenberg, from Haas, from the year and for three seasons. It remains to be seen who will team up with him, Valtteri Bottas (34 years old) and Guanyu Zhou (24 years old) arriving at the end of their contract in 2024. Bravi does not rule out the idea of ​​keeping one of the two next season : “The decision is not easy to make. Because, of course, we have two good drivers who have been with us for three years and who are achieving good results.”

Carlos Sainz Jr, whose father competed in the last three Dakars with Audi (he won the 2024 edition), for his part let it be known that he was going to take his time before deciding: “I don’t I didn’t say no to Audi. I want to make the right decision. This is also why it takes a little longer and why I want to see all the options available before making a decision. It’s fundamental,” said the current fifth in the F1 world championship. Sauber, for its part, is last in the constructors’ championship, with zero points.

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