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Carlos Sainz to take time over next move after losing Ferrari seat to Hamilton

Carlos Sainz will take his time before deciding upon his next move as his stint with Ferrari draws to a close, saying he will go wherever gives him the best chance of becoming world champion.

The 2024 Formula One season – which begins with Saturday’s Bahrain Grand Prix – will be Sainz’s last with the Scuderia, who he joined from McLaren for 2021.

Sainz and Ferrari had reportedly engaged in talks over a new contract during the offseason, but earlier this month, the team confirmed Lewis Hamilton will take his seat for 2025 in a stunning move.

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Sainz, who was the only non-Red Bull driver to win a race in 2023, has been linked with moves to Mercedes and Aston Martin, as well as Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber – which will become Audi in 2026.

However, the Spaniard will not be rushed into choosing his next destination, telling reporters on Wednesday: “I don’t know where I’m going and what will be my best option.

“I’m going to maximise my last year at Ferrari. I want to have a really good year at this incredible team and to give my absolute best for everyone at Maranello.

“Regarding my future, the situation changed a lot over the winter and now I will need to take my time to decide where I want to go.

“We will look at all the options available and see what the best medium- to long-term project is for my career, the project that gives me the best possibility to be world champion, which is my dream, as soon as possible.”

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.
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