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Sainz's Ferrari discussions began last winter

Carlos Sainz Discussions that ultimately led to Carlos Sainz joining Ferrari in place of Sebastian Vettel started during the European winter. Vettel’s departure from Ferrari after six years opened the door for Sainz to join Charles Leclerc for the 2021 season. Just weeks prior, Vettel had stated that discussions surrounding a new deal were ongoing, giving no suggestion that he could be on his way out of the team. Sainz’s comments, however, suggest that the wheels had been set in motion to replace the four-time world champion some time ago. 'I'm not going to give you an exact date, but I will tell you winter between 2019 and 2020,” Sainz told Formula1.com. Having received the initial...
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