There is silence, however, regarding Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard had stated that he did not want to repeat past experiences of entering a season without a contract in place for the following years, and would be putting pressure on the Scuderia to sign for two years. The offer he would have received would have been for just one season.
Leclerc and Sainz form a balanced duo and the Spaniard has been doing a good job, especially in the feedback he gives to the engineers. What would be stopping Ferrari from offering him a two-year contract?
The answer could lie in Lewis Hamilton, who renewed his contract with Mercedes until the end of 2025. Speculation is that this agreement, in fact, would only be for one year (i.e. until the end of 2024) with the option extended for another season.
On the Mercedes side, it is known that there is already a plan to replace Hamilton in the medium term. The Englishman turned 39 last month and, although he proved to be in good form last season, it is not known how long he will continue.
What’s more: Mercedes is betting heavily on the young Italian talent Kimi Antonelli, who will compete in F2 this season.
It would therefore make sense for Hamilton to look for alternatives. On the English side, there are rumors that he is back working with former manager Marc Hynes. And his former physiotherapist, Angela Cullen, recently announced she has moved to London. At the time the two announced that they would no longer work together, rumors in the paddock were that this had been an imposition from Mercedes itself. The New Zealander did not confirm, however, whether his move is related to Hamilton.