Ferrari expect to have an easy conversation with Carlos Sainz about extending his contract with the team after the Spaniard's great first season at Maranello. Carlos Sainz came to Ferrari last year as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, signing a two-year contract.
Sainz won four podiums on his way to fifth place in the 2021 drivers ’championship. Carlos Sainz quickly established a good relationship with his new teammate Charles Leclerc - which was very significant for the Italian team to beat McLaren in the fight for third place in the constructors' championship.
Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies said in Abu Dhabi that Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were "that can't be better than good" as teammates at F1, while the Ferrari boss revealed that he plans to talk to Carlos Sainz about his future during the winter break.
Speaking in his traditional media interview at the end of the season, Matia Binotto stated his plans to talk to Carlos Sainz about a new contract to secure his services after 2022. "As we said in the last race to talk, we will talk about extending his contract during the winter," said Binotto.
"We will sit down and try to understand. Certainly, I think he did very well (the job) during the season. (We) are very happy with the way he integrated, the way he (had) performance on the track during the racing weekends.
” "So, there is no doubt that we will sit down and try to find an agreement. It will be part of the winter. "
Carlos Sainz and Matia Binotto
Matia Binotto said during a press briefing that he has yet to officially talk to Carlos Sainz to review his season or discuss new contract terms, but expects it to be a simple conversation.
"I would like to sit down with him, I have not yet started talking to him. First I would like to understand how satisfied he is, make a review of the season and look to the future together." "It will be an easy discussion, no doubt.
But so far we have not started (with negotiations), so I have no answer for you. " Ferrari has signed a new long-term contract with Cahrles Leclerc at the end of 2019, and the Monegasque will drive for the Italian team at least until the end of 2024. Obviously, Carlos Sainz is happy with the team, but we will see if he will change his opinion