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Ferrari and Sainz "have an agreement" over new deal

Ferrari and Sainz "have an agreement" over new deal

Ferrari and Sainz "have an agreement" over new deal

Ferrari and Sainz "have an agreement" over new deal

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has confirmed the Scuderia has "an agreement" with Carlos Sainz over a new contract.

Binotto revealed at the end of last year Ferrari would look to negotiate a fresh deal with Sainz following a stellar debut campaign with the team after the Spanish driver finished ahead of team-mate Charles Leclerc.

The situation appeared to be a formality but despite three months since Binotto made his declaration, there has been no announcement.

Following a sensational start to the new season, however, with Leclerc spearheading a Ferrari one-two at the Bahrain Grand Prix for the Scuderia's first win for two-and-a-half years, Sainz is now set to firmly nail his colours to the team's mast.

When asked whether a deal was close, Sainz initially replied: "We are very close."

Binotto then confirmed: "We have an agreement. It is only a matter of translating it onto paper."

The revelation was the culmination of a long-overdue day for Ferrari that has been on old since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix to savour a victory, a run of 46 races.

After inheriting second following F1 champion Max Verstappen's late retirement, Sainz said: "I feel great. I am particularly happy for the whole team.

"It is massive after two difficult years, to be back and be in a one-two. It shows all the hard work has paid off and we are back in the fight to where Ferrari should be.

"Congratulations to Charles, he drove a really good race and has been on it the whole weekend.

"But to bring home the one-two means a lot to all of us and all the Tifosi. For sure, we need to celebrate because it is a huge day."

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