Carlos Sainz’s contract talks with Ferrari hit a roadblock as ambitious demand gets rejected

Ferrari seems to have got its car design spot on during the off-season and its 2022 challenger has set the benchmark in the early part of the season.

Charles Leclerc comfortably leads the drivers’ standings at the moment and while teammate Carlos Sainz has also been in decent form so far, there appears to be some friction in the Ferrari camp.

It was earlier reported that Sainz was far from happy with his designation as number 2, a fact that was completely denied by Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

Such has been the dramatic breakdown in relations between Sainz and the Ferrari hierarchy that the driver has stalled his contract extension talks with the team.

Having signed for Ferrari in 2021, Sainz outperformed Leclerc in his first season at the Maranello.

He has shown great consistency over the years, first at McLaren, where he was instrumental in guiding the team to a P3 finish in 2020 and now in the early part of his Ferrari career.

Why have contract talks stalled?

Carlos Sainz. Credit: planetf1.com

While it had earlier been reported that a formal announcement of his new contract was imminent, there now seems to be a problem that has emerged between Sainz and the Ferrari management.

F1 Insider has reported that the main issue of contention is the length of the contract.

While Sainz was hoping to get a two-year deal following his performances in 2021, Ferrari prefers to take the route of offering a one-year deal with the option of extending it by another year if both parties remain interested.

However, AS has completely rubbished this speculation and believes Ferrari will make this announcement during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Sainz has enjoyed a solid start to his campaign this season and currently sits in third position in the drivers’ standings behind Mercedes driver George Russell.

However, he is already 38 points behind Leclerc after just 3 races.

A poor showing in Australia didn’t help his cause, but the Spaniard will be looking to rectify things when he lines up alongside Leclerc this weekend.

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