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Carlos Sainz Jr.’s Formula 1 Evolution: From Ferrari to a Potential Mercedes Move

Written by Mia Rosa-Wayne, Edited by Vyas Ponnuri

Carlos Sainz’s journey in Formula 1 has been nothing short of remarkable, marked by his significant chapter in red. His stint with the Scuderia has undoubtedly played a crucial role in his growth as a top-tier driver. The Spanish driver started his career with the Red Bull Junior team in 2010, and earned his first experience in an F1 car.

As time went on, he won the Formula Renault 3.5 series title which granted him the privilege of driving the Red Bull RB10 in the postseason after the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In 2019, Sainz moved to McLaren, and made headlines when he secured his first Formula One podium finish, with third at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

At the end of 2020, Sainz joined Ferrari, as his success continued to soar and increase.

As words and speculations circulate the internet about a potential move to Mercedes in 2025, it’s worth examining the key aspects of Sainz’s improvement, and what a switch to the Silver Arrows could mean for his career.

Joining Ferrari in 2021 marked a turning point in his career, providing him an opportunity to drive for one of Formula One’s most iconic names.\

The move to Ferrari meant adapting to a new team culture, working alongside the phenom named Charles Leclerc. Sainz showcased his adaptability, seamlessly integrating into the team, understanding its dynamics and contributing positively to the collective effort.

The Spaniard delivered consistent and commendable performances, securing podium finishes and demonstrating his ability to handle the demands of high-pressure races. He secured a total of two race wins, five pole positions, 18 podiums, in 66 Grands-Prix with Ferrari, marking an important phase of his driver career.

Sainz was also the only driver on the grid to secure a win that was not by a Red Bull racer. The Spanish driver's contributions played a vital role in Ferrari’s fight for the Constructors Championship points, showcasing his value as a team player.

Winning this race was by far the highlight of his season, having done so from pole, being the only driver to break Max Verstappen’s ten race-long winning streak.

In a statement, he said, “I’m so happy at Ferrari and so happy to be part of this team that, at the moment, I don’t see an expiry date.”

Partnering with Charles Leclerc fuelled healthy intra-team competition, pushing both drivers to excel. Sainz’s competitive spirit and determination to match the pace of his teammate showcased his commitment to continuous improvement.\

“I hope I have many, many years ahead of me and I wouldn’t mind having them all in red. My main motivation is to be a world champion. And if I can achieve that with Ferrari, even better. that's what we have to try for in 2024 and I think we have the capacity,” he told DAZN Network in another statement

Joining Mercedes, a team synonymous with championship success, could propel Sainz into a position to vie for Formula 1 titles.

While the prospect remains unconfirmed, the speculation of Carlos potentially making a switch to Mercedes in 2025 adds an intriguing layer to the Formula 1 narrative.

Additionally, Lewis Hamilton making a move to Ferrari has captivated the imagination of the fans worldwide.

If the swap between the two elite drivers materialises, the potential partnership for each team would be speechless. They could each position both drivers as championship contenders, presenting a new frontier on both Sainz’s and Hamilton’s careers.

The prospect of a seven-time world champion switching teams could reshape competitive dynamics, setting the stage for a thrilling chapter in motorsport history.

As the series community eagerly awaits official confirmations, the evolving narratives of Carlos Sainz Jr’s potential to move to Mercedes, coupled with Lewis Hamilton’s shift to Ferrari contribute to the drama that defines Formula 1.

Sainz’s time at Ferrari has undeniably been a catalyst for his growth as a driver, not only showcasing his racing prowess, but also his ability to adapt and thrive in high stake environments. 

Whether these moves are accepted or not, the anticipation surrounding these possibilities adds more excitement to the ongoing saga of Formula 1’s elite. 

Image Credits - Mark Thompson / Getty Images


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