What Does Ferrari’s Latest Contract Update on Carlos Sainz Mean for Mick Schumacher’s F1 Future?

Published 12/15/2021, 6:03 AM EST
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Mick Schumacher of Germany prepares to drive the Ferrari F2004 of his father Michael Schumacher before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Carlos Sainz joined Ferrari at the start of this season, replacing four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel. In his first season, the Spaniard was quite impressive as he bagged four podiums. resulting in him finishing fifth in the driver’s standings with 164.5 points.

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However, his contract expires at the end of next season, but there have been talks that Sainz will get a contract extension from the Maranello-based team.

Ferrari and Sainz are holding talks for a new contract

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The Spanish driver joined the Italian team earlier this year and exceeded expectations. However, his deal expires in 2022, unlike his teammate, Charles Leclerc who has a deal till the end of 2024.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrates on the podium with the trophy after finishing third in the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Team Principal Mattia Binotto said as quoted by FormulaPassion.it, “When we signed him a year ago, we said that winter would be the time to talk and review everything that happened during the season. There will be a joint review of the whole season and we will talk about what our future will be like.” (Translated from Italian via Google)

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What does this mean for Mick Schumacher?

Mick Schumacher is part of the prestigious Ferrari driver academy and is likely to drive for the Italian team in the future. As of now, the German driver finds himself at Haas and has a contract with the American-owned team till the end of 2022.

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With Sainz reportedly putting pen to paper on a new deal with the Maranello-based team, and Leclerc having a contract that sees him at Ferrari till the end of 2024, this could hamper the chances of Schumacher Jr driving for the Italian team.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – APRIL 02: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Scuderia Ferrari SF90 walks out of the garage during F1 testing in Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

A probable timeline for the German driver would be the 2025 season. However, nothing is guaranteed in the world of Formula One, and we could see a Schumacher back in a Ferrari sooner than expected.

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What do you think of the situation at Ferrari? Will Mick get to drive for the Italian team in the near future? Or will the Formula One community have to wait a bit longer to see the name Schumacher in a Ferrari? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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