As Mattia Binotto lays out plans for Ferrari, Carlos Sainz sits down.
Following an impressive season with the team, FERRARI says they will hold talks with driver Carlos Sainz soon.
Carlos Sainz is expected to be given a new contract as a result of his outstanding performance in his first season with Ferrari.
The current deal between the Spaniard and the Prancing Horse is set to expire at the end of the year.
When Sainz announced his departure from McLaren to join Ferrari for the 2021 season, it raised some eyebrows.
He had helped the Woking-based team beat all of their midfield rivals in the constructors’ championship alongside Lando Norris.
Ferrari, on the other hand, had had one of their worst seasons in recent memory and appeared to be a shadow of the F1 powerhouse it once was.
However, Sainz had been enticed to switch by the history and prestige of the famous red cars, and it turned out to be a wise decision.
Despite McLaren’s strong start to the season, Ferrari’s performance improvements following the summer break were too much for their competitors to handle.
The Maranello team sped past the leaders and finished comfortably in third place, behind Mercedes and Red Bull.
Sainz was a big part of it, even outscoring teammate Charles Leclerc to finish fifth in the drivers’ standings – the ‘best of the rest’ of all the drivers who weren’t in one of the top four cars.
To help him achieve this, he earned four podiums, including an impressive third-place finish in the Abu Dhabi finale that went unnoticed amid the title race drama.
Sainz has proven to be a capable replacement for outgoing four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari has expressed interest in extending his contract.
His current contract is set to expire after the 2022 season, but team president Mattia Binotto has stated that the team is working to extend it.
“As we said in the last race, we will discuss the extension of his contract over the winter,” the Italian told reporters during his end-of-season press conference.
“We’ll take our time and try to figure out what’s going on.”
I believe he performed admirably throughout the season.
“We’re very pleased with how he’s integrated, as well as how he’s performed on the track and during race weekends.”
“So, without a doubt, we’ll sit down and try to come to an agreement.”
That will be the case.
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