Carlos Sainz's future is an interesting topic, as this great F1 driver considers his options at the moment. Although Carlos is a member of Ferrari, at the end of this season he will leave Ferrari and join another team.
Many ask the question; What are the plans of this great driver regarding his future?! One of the options is his departure to Audi, which will debut on the F1 scene in 2026.
Eddie Jordan talked about the future of Sainz in the Formula For Success podcast. Eddie is not optimistic that going to Audi will be a positive thing for Sainz, considering the failure of the teams that previously decided to enter the F1.
“Everyone thought that Toyota with all the money and with all the expertise and everything that they could do, and that Honda had pulled out, so therefore there was a clear path for them.
They were shocking, miserable. It was a real poor effort that Toyota did in Formula 1, and they scurried well out of it and they haven’t come back."- Jordan said, as reported by planetf1.com
He gave BMW as one of the examples. This team failed to achieve its goals, so Jordan does not expect Audi to succeed. Looking at Audi's success in other motorsports, many believe that Audi has the potential to do great things in F1 as well. However, Jordan emphasizes that success in other motorsports is no guarantee of success in F1.
“The same, you could say, happened with BMW. I mean, [Robert] Kubica won a race, the quality of their engine at BMW is, for me, the best engine in the world, in terms of a road car basis, I just think it’s so strong and so good.
But I would have thought that BMW and Toyota would come in with a huge bang. So therefore, you’re assuming that Audi are going to come back, just because they’ve won some various things in Le Mans and stuff like that."
Coming to F1 implies a long period of getting used to it. Looking at the other teams that have been on the big stage for years, Audi will have to put in a lot of effort to be able to compete with such teams.
Money alone is not a guarantee that this team can immediately make a breakthrough and compete with the biggest teams in the F1 scene. Jordan emphasizes that Audi has a long period of adaptation and an uphill battle ahead of it.
“Now, I know, Allan McNish, who is a very close friend of yours [speaking to podcast co-host David Coulthard], we both love Allan and we wish him every success, whatever he’s doing there, and he is so smart, he will make sure that he has the right people around him.
But I don’t care what anyone says, it’s a five-year plan to get Audi to even get close to winning a race, and I don’t care what driver they have in it.
There’s a massive learning curve. I learned that, I realised how tough it was and I think that Audi, despite all the money that they’ve got, they have an uphill battle.”
Eddie Jordan compares Audi to Red Bull
Eddie Jordan is saying that starting a new team in Formula 1, like Audi, is a tough job. He points out how Red Bull, even after taking over an existing team (Jaguar) and investing a lot of money for five years, faced challenges before achieving success.
It took them a long time to adjust to everything. However, when you understand the way F1 works, when you have a team that is ready to learn and wants to succeed, then nothing is impossible. Red Bull has progressed over time and has now become the strongest team on the F1 scene. In addition, the leaders of Red Bull made great decisions, such as the signing of Max Verstappen.
Jordan questions whether Audi can immediately compete with well-known teams like McLaren, Aston Martin, and Ferrari. He highlights that winning in Formula 1 is not easy for new teams, citing examples from the past, such as Prost with Peugeot and Renault. Overall, Jordan wants to convey that entering Formula 1 and doing well requires a lot of effort and time.
However, Audi managers believe that their team can make progress in a short period. It will be interesting to see how much Audi can do in the future. Although Jordan does not expect great things from them, many hope that Audi will surely match the best.
Sainz's future is also an interesting matter. He is a driver with top qualities, and whichever team hires him, it will not make a mistake.