The F1 driver market is dynamic, with key moves like Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari and Carlos Sainz exploring options, reshaping team lineups for 2025.
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz has reportedly visited the Williams team for potential discussions about a future move. According to a BBC report, Sainz made this visit since the conclusion of the previous season.
However, the situation has taken a dramatic turn for the Spaniard, as he recently learned that he will no longer be a part of the Ferrari team in 2025. This change occurred when Ferrari announced the mega signing of Lewis Hamilton for the 2025 season, pairing him with Charles Leclerc.
Sainz had been in negotiations with Ferrari to extend his contract, which was set to expire at the end of the current season. These negotiations abruptly halted with the surprising news of Hamilton’s arrival.
As a result, Sainz will now become a free agent and will need to explore other opportunities. Williams is one potential destination, but their decision may be influenced by the future of their current driver, Alex Albon, and whether they lose him when his contract expires later this year.
Williams made significant progress in the previous season, securing a seventh-place finish in the constructors’ championship thanks to a magnificent season from Thai-British driver Alexander Albon.
Alex Albon, formerly with Red Bull Racing, is reportedly exploring the possibility of leaving Williams as he seeks new opportunities in a competitive team. A move to teams like Red Bull, or even replacing outgoing Lewis Hamilton has been suggested by experts.
The team principal of Williams, James Vowles, formerly of Mercedes, has contributed to their positive trajectory. The news of Carlos Sainz‘s visit to Williams indicates that the team is increasingly viewed as an attractive destination for drivers who are accustomed to competing near the front of the grid.
Sainz himself achieved the distinction of being the only non-Red Bull driver to win an F1 grand prix last year.
Audi has also expressed interest in Sainz, but their formal entry into Formula 1 under the Sauber name is not expected until 2026.
Additionally, Sainz could potentially join Red Bull if they decide to part ways with Sergio Perez and pair him with Max Verstappen.
However, McLaren is no longer an option for Sainz, as Lando Norris has committed to the team with a new contract.