Frederic Vasseur, the head of Ferrari’s F1 team, has dropped hints about a possible extension of Carlos Sainz’s contract, potentially keeping the Spaniard in the iconic red racing suit until 2027. This revelation comes amid recent buzz that Charles Leclerc may have secured a deal to stay with Ferrari until 2030, while Sainz was initially believed to be offered a shorter two-year extension.
Both Sainz and Leclerc are currently on contracts set to expire at the end of the 2024 season. Speaking to international media during a Christmas lunch at Fiorano, Vasseur shared insights into the ongoing discussions. “We have meetings and we have started conversations,” Vasseur revealed. “But we have a lot of time compared to what Mercedes did, when they renewed their two drivers in August.”
Vasseur also addressed the persistent notion of Leclerc being Ferrari’s favored driver. “We have two drivers and two cars and both scored more or less the same points during the year,” he clarified, highlighting the balanced performance between the two drivers.
Looking ahead, Vasseur expressed his desire for continuity in the team. “And if I have the two right drivers for Ferrari for 2024, then I want to have them for 2025, 2026 and 2027,” he added, suggesting a strong commitment to both Sainz and Leclerc.
In addition to driver contracts, Vasseur confirmed that Ferrari’s 2024 car, which boasts “95 percent” new components compared to this year’s model, is set for a public unveiling on February 13.