DECEMBER 15, 2021
Ferrari to consider extending Sainz's contract
Ferrari will consider Carlos Sainz's future over the winter, team boss Mattia Binotto has revealed.
On Sunday, all the attention was on the Max Verstappen versus Lewis Hamilton title battle - but a red-clad Spaniard joined them on the post-race podium.
"A podium to end a magic season - first season for me at Ferrari," Sainz said. "P5 in the championship I think."
The 27-year-old struggled at times to keep up with Ferrari number 1 Charles Leclerc in 2021, but most - including the Maranello team - agree that Sainz did well.
"Carlos had a great year," boss Binotto confirmed.
The team principal was asked if Ferrari will reward Sainz for his solid first season in red by extending his contract, which is currently valid only through 2022.
"When we signed him a year ago, we said that the winter would be the time to talk and review everything that happened during the season," said Binotto.
"So we will do that in the winter. There will be a joint review of the entire season and we will talk about what our future will look like."
But he said Sainz delivered on what Ferrari expected of him this year.
"When we signed Carlos, we wanted two good drivers in the race who are consistently scoring points. That's been the case this season," said Binotto.
"I'm very happy with what Carlos has done this season, his first with Ferrari, which was not easy. But we signed him because he is a good driver who scores points and is able to learn."