Sainz & Ferrari Fail to Agree on Contract, Norris Considered as Alternative

Ferrari is reportedly set to extend Charles Leclerc‘s contract until 2028, while Carlos Sainz has yet to secure a two-year deal he desires, with Ferrari potentially eyeing Mclaren’s Lando Norris as a future replacement.

Highlights

‣ Charles Leclerc is likely to extend his contract with Ferrari until 2028, while Ferrari has not yet reached an agreement with Carlos Sainz.
‣ Sainz and Leclerc have been evenly matched teammates at Ferrari since 2021, with each having their own successes.
‣ Leclerc’s potential new contract includes a starting salary of €50 million and an escape clause that applies from the third year.
‣ Ferrari is reportedly considering McLaren’s Lando Norris as a potential replacement for Sainz, whose contract negotiations are still ongoing.


Charles Leclerc is seemingly on track for a long-term commitment with Ferrari. His contract is expected to extend until 2028. However, things aren’t as smooth for Carlos Sainz. Ferrari and Sainz are yet to find common ground on the contract period. Sainz is pushing for a two-year deal, but so far, only a one-year offer has been tabled.

The Ferrari teammates are often neck and neck on the track. They’ve been racing side by side since 2021. In that year, Sainz managed to outperform Leclerc in the drivers’ standings. But the tables turned in the following years, with Leclerc finishing ahead of Sainz.

Sainz did have a moment of glory in 2023. He was the only non-Red Bull driver to win a race that year. But despite this, Leclerc seems to have an edge over Sainz within the Ferrari team.

La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported some juicy details about Leclerc’s potential contract. The Monegasque is set to sign a five-year extension, with a whopping starting salary of €50 million. The contract also reportedly includes an escape clause, which kicks in from the third year.

Sainz’s future, on the other hand, is looking a bit uncertain. He’s expressed his desire for a two-year contract, but Ferrari has only proposed a one-year deal. Rumor has it that the Maranello team is also eyeing Mclaren’s Lando Norris. Norris’s contract with Mclaren expires after 2025, and Ferrari might be looking to snag the Brit.

There’s also some buzz about Sainz possibly moving to Audi in the future. But for now, it’s all just speculation.

In other news, Norris has been talking about challenging Red Bull in 2024. He says it’s not a “Mount Everest” task. But that’s a story for another day.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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