Athletistic/Formula 1. Red Bull’s door has closed on Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz as the Austrian team extended Sergio Perez’s contract. Sainz’s future is now shrouded in fog and it is unclear where he might end up.

Meanwhile, with each race weekend, Sainz finds that he has fewer and fewer opportunities. Which teams remain among the options for the Spaniard, which they do not want to see at Ferrari.


Audi has been publicly courting Sainz for some time now, and the German brand continues to wait for the Spaniard to respond positively to the proposal.

One possible growth potential could be a move from a big brand like Ferrari to another big brand like Audi. On top of that, when you have someone of Andreas Seidl’s stature in the team and the endless resources that the brand can provide, the project could be promising and Sainz could become its main face.

The downside could be the fact that Sauber are currently the worst team on the grid, with too many things to change and improve. Is it possible to do this? Yes, but it won’t happen in a week, a month or a season. The 2025 and 2026 seasons will be transitional to one degree or another and any driver joining the team will be forced to ride at the back without competing for points. And for Carlos Sainz, who currently has a great car, this could become a problem.


Williams is another team interested in Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard could join the team that was once Formula 1’s most dominant.

At Williams, Sainz could benefit from a redesigned front wing and the upside is that Carlos will be joining a very interesting project that is probably at a much better starting point than Audi. The Spaniard will have a car with which he can at least score points.

The downside is the fact that, unlike Audi, Williams simply doesn’t have the resources and this team will never be at the level that will make them a title contender.

Skip the season

The third option for Carlos could be that he simply decides to sit out for a year and then look for a suitable option in a stronger team.

If Sainz takes a year off and waits, he might have a chance to join a top team. But the biggest drawback of this approach is that Sainz has not become a top driver like Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc or Lewis Hamilton. Will the top team even need him in the future, since Ferrari has already given up on him. For example, a driver like Nico Hulkenberg went without a contract for years, but ultimately only got a place in the Haas team.

Vyacheslav Gorbachev, Athletistic