According to a report from Germany, Ferrari and Carlos Sainz have differing viewpoints on negotiating a new contract. According to F1-Insider, the Spaniard wants a two-year deal to stay with the Scuderia, whereas the team is pushing for a one-year deal with a second-year option. While this keeps the team’s options open for 2024, it also makes Sainz’s seat less secure for the following year. If the report is accurate, there will almost certainly be a standoff.
Both the team and the driver have said for a long time that a new contract for the 27-year-old is nearly finalized, with team principal Mattia Binotto saying in December that his future with the team beyond the end of 2022 would be discussed.
However, no new deal for Sainz has been announced as of yet. Despite two podium finishes, the Spaniard has fallen behind teammate Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship standings, trailing the Monegasque by 38 points after only three races.
Since the Spaniard’s retirement in Melbourne, there has been talk of team orders being implemented at Ferrari at this early stage of the season, but Binotto has stated that he will not do so just yet, stating that both drivers are “free to fight” on the track. In the 2021 season, Sainz narrowly beat Leclerc in the standings, but he still has work to do to get back on good terms with his teammate for the rest of the year.
Imola will not produce an exciting first sprint race of the season, according to Charles Leclerc. The first of three sprint race weekends for the 2022 season will be held in Emilia-Romagna. The grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix will be determined by Saturday’s race, with more points awarded to the top finishers. The Monegasque driver is sitting atop the drivers’ championship table after three races, winning two and finishing second once. However, the Ferrari driver has admitted that he was unsure how thing would turn out on the weekend.
“I had completely forgotten that we have a sprint race there,” Leclerc said as per RaceFans. “There are a lot of things that are going to be quite crazy in Imola for us and obviously other that it will also be a race weekend where we’ll have a sprint race. Whether it’s the right track to do so or not, I don’t know – I think we’ll have the answer after the weekend. With these cars, also, maybe it’s a bit easier to follow, so hopefully it should be an exciting sprint race and race.”