Alonso and Sainz: Work plans in the circuit

Alonso and Sainz: Work plans in the circuit


Fernando Alonso welcoming Formula 1 fans at the international airport in Barcelona. The two-time world champion from Spain shows this special advertising laugh on the video walls, which is full of confidence and almost seems to flow smoothly to the point of satisfaction. The second Spanish driver in the field, Carlos Sainz, spent time before his home race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to spend time with his family. With her two sisters Ana and Blanca and her little niece, she was photographed looking proudly into the camera for a home photo album.

Alonso and Sainz are also looking for places in the year books in the tenth Grand Prix of the season on Sunday (3 pm/Sky). Spanish fans would like to celebrate a home win for one of their riders. Alonso (42), who now drives for Aston Martin, last achieved this in 2013. It was also his last Formula 1 success to date. Sainz (29), who will have to give way to Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari after this season, still wants to fulfill this small dream. If not now then when?

Sainz will suffer a career blow

“This will be my 21st Spanish Grand Prix and I will be as proud as I was at my first home race when I entered the record,” said Alonso, who is committed to Aston Martin until the end of 2026. But the chance to win? “I don’t think I’ll be able to fight for big things,” the veteran admitted Thursday.

Alonso’s career seems unstoppable, Sainz’s career will take off. With the Scuderia hoping that Mercedes driver Hamilton will make a definite push into the championship fight from 2025, the Madrilenian will have to leave his cockpit. His options? It is mixed. Sainz will not get a job with a top team. Instead of fighting for the race victory, he will have to concentrate on the construction work.

Williams? Audi? Sainz will be too far to win

Williams, second to last in the constructors’ championship, would like to have Sainz alongside Alex Albon. Team boss James Vowles is currently turning the racing team around and wants to get it back to where it was under team founder Frank Williams: at the top.

But who doesn’t want to go there? Of course, Audi also wants to go up. The German carmaker is taking over Sauber, signing Nico H├╝lkenberg as a driver from 2025 and will compete in Formula 1 as a works team from 2026. Sauber, last in the constructors’ championship, also wants Sainz. Although the team has promising resources, the path to the top – if it works – usually takes at least three years. That’s a lot of time for a driver like Sainz in what are probably his best years.

Sainz has set himself “no deadlines”.

“At such an important stage in my career, I want to have all the options on the table. I want to make the right decision and think about it carefully because I’m turning 30 this year. The next project is a project that I want to continue,” Sainz said recently. At the press conference of the drivers, he announced that a decision will be made “very soon.” “I don’t want to wait any longer,” said Sainz, who still doesn’t know where he is going. “I haven’t sat down and made a decision yet, I plan to do so in the next few weeks.”

If Sainz wants to know about the wrong ways of working, all he has to do is contact his partner Alonso. An exceptional driver, but one who has always known how to put obstacles in his own way throughout his career. As a two-time world champion, Alonso moved to McLaren for the 2007 season. During that time, he fell out with his staunch rival Hamilton and provided the inside information of the world motor association FIA in the matter of espionage. McLaren was fined $100 million for having Ferrari’s confidential data, and the whistleblower fled to Renault.

Alonso and the “glass ball”

Alonso’s return to McLaren in 2015 was also a bad decision for both parties. “I have already driven for Renault, McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren-Honda. How many drivers would not choose such a job?” Alonso once said. “I could have signed with Red Bull when it was still an energy drink. But nobody has a crystal ball.”

Alonso could probably earn even more out of his job. But he can console himself with two world titles and 32 Grand Prix victories. And Sainz? He has won three Grand Prix in his career so far. The World Cup title should remain a dream.