Carlos Sainz’s father, the renowned rally legend, has hinted at a potential future for his son with Audi in Formula 1. Fresh off his fourth Dakar Rally victory, driving for Audi, Sainz Sr. spoke about the prospects of his son, currently a Ferrari driver, joining the Audi family. The Volkswagen-owned German brand is set to enter F1 with Sauber in 2026, and Sainz Jr., 29, is amid negotiations for extending his contract with Ferrari beyond 2025.
Amid Ferrari’s rumoured hesitation over a new deal, possibly prioritizing Charles Leclerc, Sainz Sr. recognizes the allure and prestige of the Audi brand in motorsport. “Audi, I think, is a guarantee, as I know very well how seriously they take each project,” he told motor.es. He also highlighted the German approach to motorsport, with its unique advantages and drawbacks. “But we have to respect the Volkswagen group and Audi,” he added.
Acknowledging the challenges of Formula 1, Sainz Sr. believes that Audi’s entry into the sport with a 75 percent takeover of Sauber will eventually lead to success. “We all know that F1 is a bit of a special world,” he said. “But I think it will only be a matter of time before they succeed. I don’t have a crystal ball, but if Audi is in F1, it has all the respect from me. And I think they will put all the effort into making it a good project.”
Sainz Sr. plans to discuss with his son the potential benefits of joining Audi. “Of course, with me being in the Audi family, when I am at Carlos’ house it is logical that we talk and exchange opinions about what the Audi team can be in the future,” he revealed, indicating a possible shift in Sainz Jr.’s F1 career trajectory.