However, during an appearance at Exor's Investor Day, Elkann revealed that both Leclerc and Sainz would be remaining with the team long-term.
“Sainz and Leclerc? They will stay, of course,” Elkann said. “Ferrari’s season was disappointing, but the way it ended, we could almost have finished second and at the same time it was positive that in the last part of the championship, we were fighting for second place.
“If you look at the number of poles Ferrari has taken, it’s a high number. We have to take that into account and move forward in the next championships and convert those pole positions into wins.”
Italian F1 journalist Guiliano Duchessa also published on X that Elkann was quoted saying “Leclerc and Sainz will certainly stay at Ferrari.”
"Today, the last two weekends, this last weekend in general, haven't gone like I expected or like we wanted to finish the year," Sainz told media after the Abu Dhabi race.
"Honestly very disappointed and obviously not happy. Given how close it was in the end with the constructors' championship, we will have to sit down and analyse what we could have done better today and what was going on.
"Clearly the pace this weekend and the overall feeling with the car and everything, the end wasn't good."
“I don’t really think to that because Ferrari is so special and I wouldn’t change my position with anyone else on the grid,” Leclerc said when asked if he thinks about what he could achieve in a better car.
“Do I want to win world championships? Of course, this is the same for everybody, but do I want to change my place with anyone? No, I don’t. I have always been dreaming of being a Formula One driver, and even more so with Ferrari.
“It’s a bit of a family feeling now, it’s been so many years I have been within the team, whether it is as an actual race driver for Ferrari or at the Ferrari Driver Academy in the years before. It’s been many years together and I want to finish the mission with a world championship.”
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