Ferrari has extended its contract with Carlos Sainz ahead of the home race in Imola. The 27-year-old Spaniard now has a working paper valid until the end of 2024.
Sainz has been driving for Ferrari since last season. The son of rally icon Carlos Sainz had switched from McLaren to the Scuderia and is in third place in the WRC ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Scuderia’s home race.
Sainz’s team-mate Charles Leclerc’s contract is also valid until the end of 2024. The 24-year-old Monegasque leads the standings ahead of the race weekend at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
“Crucial role to revive Ferrari legend”.
Ferrari has the best driver pairing in Formula One, affirmed team boss Mattia Binotto. With each race completed, he said it was only a perfectly normal step to extend Sainz’s contract. “Together we can pursue ambitious goals and I am sure that he, together with Charles, can play a decisive role in reviving the Ferrari legend and making new history with our team,” Binotto explained.
This means that Mick Schumacher’s path to Ferrari as a regular driver is blocked for the time being. The 23-year-old son of record world champion Michael Schumacher belongs to the Scuderia’s junior academy. This year, he is driving his second Formula 1 season for Ferrari’s partner team Haas.