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Vowles: Any F1 team would be privileged to have Sainz onboard

Vowles: Any team would be privileged to have Sainz onboard 240028-scuderia-ferrari-canada-gp-friday_ sainz

Williams team boss James Vowles doesn’t need to be sold on the talents of Carlos Sainz while McLaren’s Andrea Stella offered a sales pitch on behalf of the soon-to-be unemployed Ferrari driver on the Friday of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix.

With seven-times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton moving to Ferrari to partner Charles Leclerc, Sainz finds himself the odd man out at Maranello looking for a seat for next season. Among the several suitors, Audi is the biggest name on the list of prospective ‘homes’ for him.

When the Spaniard came on the market he was a driver considered in high demand viewed as possible replacement for Sergio Perez at Red Bull or stepping into Hamilton’s spot at Mercedes.

Some of those doors have closed with Perez inking a two-year extension this week to stay on at Red Bull as wingman for world champion Max Verstappen while Mercedes is reportedly ready to go with young Italian Kimi Antonelli.

But for many outfits up and down the paddock Sainz remains a prize catch, noted Vowles: “First and foremost, I think Carlos is an exceptional driver He’s a race-winning driver.

“I think any team would be privileged to have him as a part of their organisation. But more than that, there’s nothing to say at the moment.” added Vowles, refusing to reveal his hand.

Stella: Carlos is an interesting driver

Stella: Carlos sainz is an interesting driver

The potential suitors for Sainz’s services are believed to have now boiled down to a choice between Williams and Stake F1 Team Sauber, which become Audi in 2026.

Stella, who worked with Sainz during his stint at McLaren, had high praise for the Spaniard which did not go unnoticed by Vowles on Friday during a team principal press conference: “Carlos is an interesting driver, not only for the qualities that led him to be a race winner.

“In particular I would highlight that he is very rational. He needs to create a plan in his head around what is the fastest way in a lap, what is the fastest way of racing. He adds a lot of rationality to his instinct.

“The importance is that when you have this rational elaboration, it’s also easy to communicate and then it becomes a big asset for the team,” said Stella.

There is currently no opening at Williams with Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant, the only American on the starting grid, under contract. But Vowles has given every indication that there soon will be a vacancy if Sargeant does not start producing the results expected.

Vowles explained: “Is [Logan] where I need him to be target-wise? That’s the big question. We need more from him, really, to be able to save his seat.” (Reporting by Steve Keating)

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