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Horner refuses to rule our possibility of hiring Sainz

Horner refuses to rule out possibility of hiring Sainz

Horner refuses to rule our possibility of hiring Sainz

Carlos Sainz seems to be a driver in demand these days and Christian Horner is not ruling out the possibility of the Spaniard joining Red Bull Racing in 2025.

With Max Verstappen locked in with Red Bull up to 2028, at least for now, as the speculation around the triple Formula 1 Champion’s future with the team have somehow calmed down recently, he himself insisting he is happy at Milton Keynes.

But the other seat, currently occupied by Sergio Perez is theoretically up for grabs as the end of this season when the Mexican’s contract with Red Bull expires.

And while Perez may still have a chance to keep his Red Bull seat in 2025, Sainz does not have that luxury with Ferrari who announced that Lewis Hamilton will partner Charles Leclerc at the Italian F1 squad in 2025.

Hence, Sainz is currently embarked on a job hunt for next season, and as things stand now, and despite not having a clear idea where he will end up, his performance so far in 2024 will guarantee him a new seat for life after Ferrari.

He has been linked with Sauber who will become Audi in 2026, as well a direct swap with Hamilton at Mercedes, not to mention the chance of returning to the Red Bull fold alongside his former teammate Verstappen, with reports that Carlos Sainz Sr has met with Red Bull management following his son’s release from Ferrari.

There has also been talk of a move to Aston Martin especially as Fernando Alonso’s future there is not clear – whether he stays, switches to another team, or even retire.

Following his famous win at the 2024 Australian GP, just two weeks after undergoing surgery for appendicitis, Horner has been asked about the chances of Sainz joining them.

Red Bull willing to look outside their driver pool another time

“I think we want to field the best pairing that we can in Red Bull Racing and sometimes you’ve got to look outside the pool as well,” Horner said, quoted by Motorsport.com.

“You’ve had a very fast, unemployed driver win today’s race. So the market is reasonably fluid with certain drivers,” he added.

Pushed further to clarify the Sainz situation, the Briton said: “Look, based on a performance like that you couldn’t rule any possibility out, so I think you just want to take the time [to decide].

“Obviously, Checo was compromised today [last Sunday],” Horner pointed out, referring to Perez’s mediocre race in Melbourne He’s had a great start to the season too, so we’re not in any desperate rush.

“Carlos is the only driver that’s beaten Red Bull in the last [year], so he appears to be our nemesis,” he concluded.

Sainz started his F1 career within the Red Bull junior drivers program and was placed alongside Verstappen at Toro Rosso (now RB) for the 2015 season, where he held his own against the Dutchman.

Towards the end of his third year with the Faenza squad, Sainz was loaned to Renault for the final four races of the 2017 F1 season, and then extended his stay for 2018.

Sainz joined McLaren in 2019 and remained there till 2020 after which he moved to Ferrari in 2021 replacing Sebastian Vettel.