Christian Horner responds to Carlos Sainz and Pink Bull rumors: We wish the perfect drivers

Pink Bull staff principal Christian Horner gave a coy response over whether or not the staff may usher in Carlos Sainz in 2025, praising the ‘unemployed driver’ for his Australian Grand Prix victory.

Just one driver has crushed Max Verstappen or Pink Bull within the final 26 races – and that man is Carlos Sainz, who adopted up his win in Singapore final season with a sensational victory in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Sainz is a former Pink Bull academy driver and he was Verstappen‘s team-mate at Toro Rosso in 2015, the place he scored fewer factors, however beat him in qualifying on Saturdays.

And Horner acknowledges, as does Helmut Marko regardless of his traditional humiliating discourse with a departing driver, that he should not have been let go. Perhaps now, even Fred Vasseur is considering the identical factor after changing Sainz with Lewis Hamilton for 2025.

“Based mostly on a efficiency like that, you possibly can’t rule out any chance,” Horner mentioned of Sainz in Australia.

“We need to have the perfect driver pairing, and typically you need to look outdoors [the team]. As we speak’s race was received by an unemployed driver, so the market is fairly fluid.”

On this planet of F1, Horner‘s phrases might be interpreted in many various methods – from a warning to Checo to excessive reward for Sainz.

Sainz speaking to a number of groups

Definitely, nobody within the paddock doubts Sainz‘s price, exactly due to what they noticed through the race. He’s not extremely rated by the British reporters, however definitely, he’s by those that depend: staff bosses and colleagues.

“Underrated? I feel everybody is aware of the worth of Carlos within the paddock. He is probably the most extremely rated drivers within the paddock,” Charles Leclerc, his Ferrari team-mate, mentioned. “He has been extraordinarily robust a number of occasions. So I do not assume he is underestimated, I feel everyone is aware of what Carlos is price.

“And that is why I’ve mentioned many occasions that I am not too nervous about his future, as a result of I am certain many, many staff bosses are…. He does not say it, however for certain they’re speaking to him!”

Nonetheless, he may miss out on Pink Bull to a different Spaniard. German journalist Ralf Bach, a reporter with greater than three many years within the F1 paddock, assures that the chosen one is Fernando Alonso.

He has at all times been a goal for Horner, who has tried to signal him on a number of events, and talks with the Aston Martin star, 42, are mentioned to be at a sophisticated stage, with a deal near being finalized.

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