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Ferrari confirms they will replace Carlos Sainz Jr with Lewis Hamilton for the 2025 season as they signed a multi-year contract with the seven-time world champion to drive for them from 2025.

The Spaniard has several options for his next move, including Mercedes, which Lewis Hamilton will leave.

However, rumors suggest that he’s likely to drive for Sauber, which will become Audi in 2026, leveraging his father Carlos Sainz Sr.’s ties with Audi from the past.

This relationship could pave the way for his son to join Stake F1 in 2025.

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Carlos has provided an important update on the contract negotiations ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Let’s delve in further to know What exactly is Sainz looking for in a team, and what are the possible options for his next move?

Carlos Sainz Updates On Possible Team Options for him in 2025

Despite showing incredible pace and consistency in his performance, Ferrari has not renewed Carlos Sainz’s contract, and he is set to be replaced by seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton as Charles Leclerc’s teammate for 2025

Mercedes is considering Sainz as a possible successor to Hamilton, while Red Bull is considering him as a potential replacement for Sergio Perez.

Additionally, Sauber, which will become Audi in 2026, wants Sainz to join their team and partner up with Nico Hulkenberg, who will be leaving Haas to join Stake in 2025.

When asked how he is weighing up his options for next season at the Chinese Grand Prix, the 29-year-old Spaniard stated:

“As I’ve said before, there are certain things that don’t depend fully on myself and there’s going to be some waiting to be done.

“But, in the meantime, it’s not like we are completely stopped. We’re still in conversations with people and advancing what we can advance.

“But all those things include the waiting that as I said before we’re going to need to do for people to make up their minds in many areas.”

He continued revealing what he’s looking for in a team.

“I think like any other employee in any other company, just the full support, full backing of the company.

“I just need to extract the best out of myself. A good medium-term project that allows me to focus on not only the today and now, but also on the medium-term future.

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“Just good people all around me and I think any of those teams mentioned are good options for that and that’s why you need to keep all the options open for the moment.”

Sainz also mentioned that there are other factors to take into account, “There are, for sure, some other very interesting medium-term and long-term options out there that I will consider and that I am considering,” 

“Every option has its pluses or minuses, let’s put it like that.

“I’ll consider all of them, but as I said before, the best thing is that all the good options are still there, and we can still have a look at it.”

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Gaurang is a writer at the SportsOrbit covering articles related to F1,Gaurang was 14 when he cared more about playing football than studying. But when COVID hit and he had to stay home, he discovered Formula 1. It immediately caught his interest. Since then, he's been really into Formula 1, watching every race and learning all about it. He still loves football, but now he's also a big fan of Formula 1, especially Lewis Hamilton. Even though he loves racing, he still looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo as his idol.