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Carlos Sainz Denies He Rejected Audi’s Offer: “No Truth About It”

“As I’ve said before,” Sainz said, “there are certain things that they don't depend fully on myself and there's going to be some waiting to be done."...

After Audi’s signing of Nico Hulkenberg, rumours began to appear that Carlos Sainz, Audi’s first choice of driver, had rejected what was suggested to be a very lucrative offer. The Spanish driver addressed the media ahead of the Miami Grand Prix to deny these rumours saying, “that’s not correct” and there’s “no truth about it” as he’s “still in conversations” with the teams.

“As I’ve said before,” Sainz said, “there are certain things that they don’t depend fully on myself and there’s going to be some waiting to be done.

“But, in the meantime, is not like I’m, or we are, completely stopped.

“We are still in conversations with people and advancing what we can advance, but all those things always including the waiting that, as I said before, we’re going to need to do, for people to make up their minds in many areas.”

Sainz: "There Are a Lot More Factors Involved"

It is understood that Sainz’s father, Carlos Sainz Sr.’s relationship with Audi is a driving force behind Audi’s decision. Sainz Sr. believes that Audi will eventually rise to the top of Formula 1, and while Sainz Jr. doesn’t disagree, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for him.

“For sure, my dad, you will always say good things about Audi, the project, and how confident he is that Audi will make it to the top in Formula 1,” he said.

“If you follow the Volkswagen projects, every time they’ve been involved in motorsports – doesn’t matter if it’s with Porsche, with Audi or any of the Volkswagen Group – they’ve managed to win, and I think that’s a very important asset and something very important to consider.

“But in my decision, and obviously in everything, there are a lot more factors involved.

“I really hope Audi in the future can fight for wins because it would just mean one more car fighting for wins, and a massive brand like they are, and I wish them the best without even having decided if that’s a possibility for me or not.”

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