Ferrari is set to continue its quest back to the top of Formula 1 with its current star drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, beyond the expiry of their contracts in 2024. The news was first hinted at recently by Italian F1 insider Leo Turrini, who reported that there would be “confirmation soon” about new deals for both drivers.
At an investor’s day for the Agnelli family’s Exor in Turin, Ferrari Chairman John Elkann all but confirmed the news. Speaking to Italpress news agency, Elkann said, “Sainz and Leclerc? They are certainly staying. From our side there is a total willingness to continue with them.”
Elkann, however, openly acknowledged the team’s recent struggles, stating, “The season was disappointing, because we finished third in the championship.” Despite this, he pointed out the team’s resilience, “But in the last quarter of the championship we were seriously fighting for second place and also competing with Red Bull and we took many poles.”
Elkann also reflected on the challenges faced in the drivers’ championship, saying, “On the other hand, as far as the drivers’ world championship is concerned, we were not able to be competitive, due to a few too many accidents and strokes of bad luck.” Looking to the future, he expressed determination: “Now we have to restart from this and push even harder in the coming years in the hope of being able to convert these pole positions into wins and fight for the title.”