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Sainz hasn’t made up his mind yet, in talks with Williams

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Carlos Sainz’s search for a new Formula 1 drive in 2025 continues, as he insisted he hasn’t taken a decision yet, while reports emerged claiming the Spaniard is in talk with Williams.

With Lewis Hamilton joining Ferrari for the 2025 F1 season, Sainz is currently without a job, and has been linked with several teams, Mercedes, Red Bull, Sauber aka Audi, and now Williams seems to have joined this list.

It appears lately that Sainz’s chances of joining Mercedes are slim, as the eight-time Constructors’ Champions are taking their time evaluating their young protégé Andrea Kimi Antonelli, time not being a luxury Spaniard can afford.

So Mercedes is out of the question unless Antonelli for some reason cannot make it into F1, and as for Red Bull, they have been sending out mixed signals for the Sainz, the chances are that they will retain Sergio Perez alongside Max Verstappen for 2025.

The only solid offer for Sainz now is from Audi, a lucrative one as well, but it comes with high risk, as it is unclear how the German marque will fare once they enter F1 in 2026, while the dire situation at Sauber shows Audi still have a lot of work to do to be competitive which is the reason why Sainz is yet to put pen to paper.

The latest rumor, according to a report in Motorsport.com, that Sainz has been talking with Williams and the talks have advanced quite far.

Williams are not the dream team for any F1 driver now, but their boss James Vowles has been making much noise about his plans to turn the once-great outfit around with focus on 2026. The team also has Alex Albon locked in on a long-term deal.

Explaining his future plans, Vowles recently said, quoted by Motorsport.com: “The 2025 car is in the tunnel, it’s as simple as that.

“And you’re doing that to get ahead of yourself in time for actually 2026 and 2027. All the way through my messaging will continue to be the same: it’s not that I don’t care about these years [before 2026], but I want us to be successful in the future.

“To do that, I’ve got to make some pretty harsh decisions in order to transform the organization,” he concluded.

Sainz won’t let any opportunity slip

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With all the talk, reports, and rumors, Sainz insists he is in control of his own destiny, and despite taking his time with his decision, he assured that he won’t miss any opportunity.

He said: “Behind the scenes I know more. You have the rumors and everything, but don’t worry, I’m not going to let slip anything.

“I’m going to just put all the options on the table and make the right decision. I can just tell you that, once I open my mind up, everything will happen very quickly. It’s all about putting everything together that I feel like I need on my next new contract,” he explained.

However, the 29-year-old from Madrid insists he doesn’t have a deadline set for his decision, insisting at this point in his career, he needs to make sure the next step he takes is the right one.

He continued: “I haven’t made my mind up yet. I don’t know where I’m going to be racing next year. I don’t have set deadlines and I don’t know how to do deadlines.

“But I can tell you that, with such an important decision in this stage of my career, that I want to have all the other cards on the table to take the right one and think about it carefully.

“I’m about to be 30 this year and the next project is a project that I really want to make it work and see how it goes. So I’m going to give myself as much time as I need,” Sainz concluded.

The outgoing Ferrari driver is currently fifth in the 2024 F1 Drivers’ Championship on 93 points despite winning the 2024 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne earlier in the season. His teammate Charles Leclerc is second.

He missed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix for surgery after suffering from appendicitis.