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Carlos Sainz will leave Ferrari after this season. Where he will go is still unclear. © ANSA / PETER POWELL

Unresolved question of the future causes stress for Sainz

Carlos Sainz is having a turbulent time due to the unresolved question about his employer in the next Formula 1 season. The 29-year-old Spaniard will have to vacate his place at Ferrari at the end of the year for record world champion Lewis Hamilton (39) from Mercedes.

Sainz is being talked about as a possible driver for the Silver Arrows, but also as a future driver for Alpine, Williams and Sauber, the designated Audi racing team. "It does cause a bit of stress and time to think," emphasised the Madrilenian on the sidelines of the British Grand Prix. "Especially because a lot happens behind closed doors from Monday to Thursday." Many discussions are being held, explained Sainz. He did not go into details about who and what exactly. "It is more stressful than usual in recent years."

As soon as he is at the track on Thursdays, however, he is 100 percent focused on his work with Ferrari. Sainz is fourth in the World Championship standings before the race in Silverstone. He won the Grand Prix in Australia on his comeback this year after recovering from appendicitis.

Mick Schuhmacher is also lurking

Other personal issues depend on Sainz's decision, such as that of Mick Schumacher. He is one of several drivers like Sainz on Alpine's list. It remains to be seen when it will be clear who Sainz will drive for next year. "He is a world-class driver," emphasised Williams team boss James Vowles in Silverstone. But they don't have to make a decision today; a long-term collaboration is more important. Vowles does, however, expect clarity before September.

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