Ferrari opposed Carlos Sainz’s masterstroke

Carlos Sainz guided Ferrari to the team’s first win of the 2023 season, ending Red Bull’s dominant streak of 15 victories.

Sainz’s decision to maintain a buffer behind Lando Norris, despite his team’s doubts about his pace, proved to be a masterstroke. 

This victory also marked a significant milestone as Sainz became the first non-Red Bull driver to win a Formula 1 race in 2023.

From the start of the race, Sainz demonstrated his excellence as a driver, having secured pole position for the second consecutive race weekend. 

Even at Monza just two weeks prior, where he lacked the pace to fend off Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, Sainz managed to secure a podium finish, fulfilling the fervent wishes of Ferrari’s home fans.

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Sainz’s performances since joining Ferrari have reaffirmed his worth within the team. 

Despite his achievements, there has been a perception that Sainz has lived in the shadow of his teammate, Charles Leclerc.

Charles Leclerc was given a five-year contract, signalling Ferrari’s commitment to building their future around him. 

Leclerc, with the tools at his disposal, has done everything in his power to repay the faith placed in him.

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While Leclerc remains Ferrari’s future, Carlos Sainz has the potential to play a significant role in that future, provided he decides to stay. 

Both drivers find themselves in contract years, with Leclerc seemingly poised to continue his journey with Ferrari. However, Sainz’s future remains uncertain.

With Audi’s entry into Formula 1 slated for 2026, Ferrari faces the imperative task of ensuring that Sainz feels valued. 

Sainz’s current form suggests that he possesses ample options should he believe that he won’t receive the opportunities he deserves at Maranello.

Leaving Ferrari, if it were to come to that, would be a challenging decision for Sainz, as, like many drivers, racing for the Scuderia is a lifelong dream. 

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Sainz is actively proving his worth to the team, and the loss of his talents could be detrimental if Audi or another team successfully convinces him that he will have the opportunities he merits elsewhere.

The delicate balance of nurturing Sainz’s potential while retaining Leclerc’s commitment to Ferrari could pose challenges. 

Currently, there appears to be minimal risk of Leclerc seeking alternatives, while Sainz has already received expressions of interest from genuine suitors and the possibility of more inquiries in the future.