In a surprising turn of events, Formula 1 team Scuderia Ferrari has expressed their intention to extend the contracts of drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc. The team’s president, John Elkann, has emphasized that securing Leclerc’s future with the team is their top priority in the driver market. Despite a potentially concerning development earlier this year, with Sainz’s personal sponsor Estrella Galicia, a Spanish beer brand, moving away, it seems that the team is committed to keeping both drivers on board.
Contract Extensions for Leclerc and Sainz on the Cards
The future of Scuderia Ferrari has been a subject of fascination for Formula 1 enthusiasts, and if the team’s president John Elkann’s word is anything to go by, fans can expect contract extensions for drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. The team’s priority lies in securing Leclerc’s long-term commitment, given his exceptional talent and potential. Despite a setback earlier this year, as Sainz’s personal sponsor Estrella Galicia parted ways with the driver, Ferrari remains determined to keep both drivers in their lineup.
Speaking about the challenges faced in contract negotiations, Frederic Vasseur, Scuderia Ferrari team principal, highlighted the chaos that ensued at the end of the 2023 F1 season. This chaos may have hampered talks to extend the contracts of Leclerc and Sainz. However, Vasseur seems to be in no rush to finalize the contracts beyond 2024, indicating that discussions are ongoing, and a decision will be made in due course.
Formula 1 team Scuderia Ferrari intends to extend the contracts of drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc. Ferrari’s priority is to secure the long-term commitment of Charles Leclerc, according to team president John Elkann. Despite the loss of Carlos Sainz’s personal sponsor, Estrella Galicia, Ferrari is committed to retaining both drivers. Contract negotiations were affected by the chaotic end of the 2023 F1 season, as stated by Scuderia Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur. Vasseur is not rushing to extend the contracts beyond 2024, indicating ongoing discussions.
Sources: GRAND PRIX 247