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Sainz hopes for Verstappen exit to secure Red Bull seat
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The Spaniard is putting Audi offer on hold as the drivers' market continues to unfold

Carlos Sainz has become a pivotal figure in the current Formula 1 driver market, with his future prospects creating significant buzz. Initially, it was speculated that Sainz was eyeing Sergio Perez’s seat at Red Bull. However, recent reports suggest that Sainz might be targeting an even more ambitious position: replacing Max Verstappen.

This potential move is fraught with uncertainty, as Verstappen has shown no clear signs of wanting to leave Red Bull at the end of the season. Sainz, who will be a free agent by year’s end, faces a critical decision regarding his career. Audi has extended a third and final offer to Sainz, with a deadline set for May 26, coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. Should Sainz fail to commit by this date, Audi plans to explore other driver options.

Meanwhile, Mercedes’ team principal, Toto Wolff, has expressed interest in potentially bringing Max Verstappen to Mercedes. This development adds another layer of complexity to the driver market, as Sainz is also a contender for a seat at Mercedes, particularly as a possible successor to Lewis Hamilton. However, this scenario remains the least substantiated among the current speculations.