The F1 community is closely watching Carlos Sainz as he navigates through complex negotiations with Ferrari. This intrigue is heightened by a notable change in 2024: Sainz’s personal sponsor, Estrella Galicia, a renowned Spanish beer brand, has switched its allegiance from Ferrari to McLaren.
However, this move might not be as alarming for Ferrari as it seems. Spanish sources are hinting that Estrella Galicia’s departure is paving the way for a new sponsorship deal with another beer brand, Peroni, signaling a strategic shift for the iconic Italian F1 team.
Sainz, 29, finds himself in the thick of discussions about his future with Ferrari. His contract is winding down, and he’s keen on securing a new agreement before the 2024 season kicks off. It’s a critical juncture for the Spaniard, whose performance and potential new contract are under the microscope.
His father, a revered figure in rallying, sheds light on the situation in a conversation with Spanish broadcaster Cadena Cope. He reveals that Ferrari has expressed satisfaction with Carlos’s contributions. “At the Scuderia, they have let us know that they are happy with Carlos – at least that is what they have told us,” he said. He anticipates that the contract renewal process, already in motion, will continue into the new year, hinting at possible developments soon.
The F1 insider circle is abuzz with the belief that Ferrari is likely to not just re-sign Sainz for 2025 and beyond but also keep Charles Leclerc on a long and lucrative contract.
Red Bull’s Dr. Helmut Marko, instrumental in bringing Sainz into Formula 1 alongside Max Verstappen, shares his insights. Speaking to Marca, he reflects on Sainz’s F1 journey: “Sainz is, without a doubt, a great driver. He was almost on par with Max at Toro Rosso.” He also recalls the challenging dynamics between Sainz and Verstappen, acknowledging the tough decisions made at Red Bull.
Marko also comments on Sainz’s evolution from being perceived as a privileged driver due to his father’s legacy to earning his stripes in the fiercely competitive world of F1. “He was unfairly burdened with the image of being the spoiled son of a racing driver while, on the contrary, Sainz had to constantly fight to get ahead,” Marko observes, highlighting the pivotal moment when Red Bull had to choose between Max and Carlos.