Jordan has ‘gut feeling’ about Sainz’s next F1 move

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It’s but a “gut feeling” but ex-F1 team owner Eddie Jordan is convinced that Carlos Sainz will join Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin next season to form an all-Spanish line-up.

Despite being the only driver to have defeated the mighty Red Bull squad since 2022 – and he even did it twice, in Singapore last season and recently in Melbourne – Sainz was given his notice of dismissal by Ferrari last month.

The Scuderia has contracted with Lewis Hamilton to race alongside Charles Leclerc in 2025, leaving Sainz as the odd man out seeking a new home for next year.

Mercedes and Hamilton’s vacant seat obviously comes to mind as the most obvious choice for both the Brackley squad and Sainz, although events of late at Red Bull, should they lead to Max Verstappen’s departure, would also provide an interesting opportunity for the Spaniard.

However, Jordan is skeptical of such a partnership ever coming to fruition. But the Irishman, speaking with co-host David Coulthard on their latest Formula for Success podcast, does have a solid conviction of where Sainz will head next.

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“At the moment, please remember, he started off in Toro Rosso,” commented Jordan. “If Red Bull were to lose somebody like Max [Verstappen] or want to replace [Sergio] Perez, you have to say that Carlos would be one of the key people.

“However, do not be surprised if you see an all-Spanish Aston Martin team next year.

“I am telling you I believe that if there is not a place in Red Bull for him, he will join Fernando in Aston Martin - that’s what I believe.

“I have no real hardcore evidence but it’s a gut feeling and very often my gut feel is a bit different to other people’. It does sound nice, it’s very romantic isn’t it?”

Like many, Jordan was bewildered by Sainz’s dominant display in Australia, doubting the 29-year-old would perform at the top of his game just two weeks after undergoing a appendectomy.

“This is actually a legendary story where the guy gets out of hospital [and] has a major operation” he said.

“Most doctors would tell you what happened is impossible but to go through a gruelling… I did see him get out of the car and yes, he was very careful how he got out of the car.

“For sure, he was in pain during that race. I think the determination inside the head and what his father would have said to him when he went through that moment to get into the race.

“I thought [Oliver] Bearman was going to be doing another race - I am absolutely sure about that. He didn’t even though he didn't despite the unbelievable job he did in the previous grand prix.

“Sainz for me, he livened up my day. I loved watching the grand prix. I loved the fact he could control it. He moved ahead from Leclerc.”

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