Sainz Jr, a target for Red Bull

Sainz Jr, a target for Red Bull

While Sergio Pérez’s seat could be available next season, Helmut Marko admitted that Carlos Sainz Jr is a target for Red Bull Racing but Audi’s shadow would make any negotiation with the Spaniard very difficult from a point of view. salary view.

Carlos Sainz Jr is a coveted driver. Free from any contract at the end of the season, Ferrari having decided to recruit Lewis Hamilton to replace him, the Spaniard is at the heart of all conversations while there is no shortage of interesting seats. Beyond a place at Mercedes alongside George Russell, it is not excluded that Max Verstappen will change teammates at Red Bull Racing… if he remains within a Milton Keynes team shaken from all sides in internal. But, in the event that Sergio Pérez fails to convince his bosses to extend, Carlos Sainz Jr would be at the top of the list to replace him at the current constructors’ world champions.

In any case, Helmut Marko is considering this possibility but… he is not the only one in the running. “ We chat with him, he is having his best season in F1, but he has a very lucrative offer from Audi, which we cannot match or beat », Confided the motor sports advisor of the Austrian brand in comments collected by the local daily Small newspaper. Indeed, the German manufacturer is methodically preparing its arrival on the starting grid with Sauber, of which it recently took control. This will most likely involve a change of drivers next winter, so that the transition is as smooth as possible at the end of 2025.

For Sainz Jr, “the right options are always on the table”

But if Helmut Marko admits to knowing the Spaniard since his time with Toro Rosso between 2015 and 2017, he concedes that “it really hurt him when we chose Verstappen at Red Bull Racing and not him”. Which could scare Carlos Sainz’s son away from the Austrian team for the future. But, on the eve of the first tests for the Chinese Grand Prix, the person concerned assured that no door was closed. “ It is certain that my best options are still openwhich is positive and obviously requires a little time given the market situation,” he told journalists.

The winner of the last Australian Grand Prix, however, admits that “it will take a little time for everyone to make up their own minds and make decisions”. If there has been “no progress over the last two weeks”, Carlos Sainz Jr assures that “the right options are always on the table”. However, with a regulatory revolution planned for 2026, the choice that must be made in the coming weeks will essentially be a gamble. In this context, joining a manufacturer as ambitious as Audi could be attractive, beyond salary considerationsfor one of the most successful drivers currently on the starting grid.

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