Third F1 team emerges for Carlos Sainz as possible option following Spanish GP

Intriguing chat inside Barcelona paddock might unlock new option for Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona, Spain, Practice Day.-
Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10,…

Carlos Sainz might have a bonus option as he continues to weigh up his offers for the 2025 F1 season.

Sainz’s father, Carlos Sainz Sr, was seen talking and exchanging phone numbers with Alpine’s Flavio Briatore at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.

Briatore has been drafted in as one of the team’s consultants, with the Italian offering his wealth of experience and expertise.

However, despite reports that Alpine are close to beating Sauber and Williams to Sainz’s signature, understands that talks between his father and Briatore was just business as usual.

Alpine are not imminently announcing news about their 2025 driver line-up, we understand.

The public exchange of details between Alpine’s new senior figure and Sainz’s father was a reminder that all teams seeking new drivers, and all out-of-work drivers, are talking to each other. But no agreement is imminent.

Alpine are still undecided on their line-up for 2025 after announcing they will be parting ways with Esteban Ocon.

Pierre Gasly has still not committed to Alpine, although he’s expected to remain at Enstone, particularly given their recent resurgence.

Alpine would be an interesting option because it would bring Sainz back to Enstone.

Sainz drove for Renault for just over one season between 2017 and 2018 before joining McLaren.

Signing Sainz would be a statement of intent from Alpine given their form this year.

Alpine started the year as the slowest team but continue to turn things around.

Gasly and Ocon finished in the points on Sunday - moving the team up to seventh in the constructors’ championship.

It makes Sainz’s decision for 2025 even more tricky.

Sainz could opt to join a works team (for now at least) in Alpine, however, the French marquee hasn’t shown any signs of breaking into the leading group for some time.

Williams and Sauber are less competitive but have upsides for the new rules.

Under James Vowles’ leadership, Williams are showing encouraging signs of recovery, and the Mercedes power unit in 2026 could propel them up the order.

Audi have been interested in Sainz since announcing their F1 entry.

Joining Audi would be very lucrative and allow Sainz to spearhead a global manufacturer.

However, there are concerns about Audi being behind on their power unit development, while Sauber’s form has been incredibly underwhelming over the last decade or so.

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