In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr says he is close to deciding which team he will drive for next year.

In brief

Sainz says 2025 decision is imminent

Having lost his place at Ferrari to Lewis Hamilton for next year, Sainz is believed to be weighing offered from Sauber – which will become Audi in 2026 – and Williams. He says a decision is imminent.

“I have my options on the table ready to make a decision and I’m going to make it very soon because I want to get it out of the way to focus on the rest of the year with Ferrari,” said Sainz during an appearance on Spanish chat show El Hormiguero. “There will be time to think about the next team.

“This year I have a car that allows me to get on the podium and win some races and I want to focus on that.”

Sainz said he has offers from “all the teams that haven’t signed their drivers for next year” about could “sign with them tomorrow” but did not specify whether he believes some teams have signed their drivers but not announced them yet.

Leclerc to carry Olympic flame

Sainz’s team mate Charles Leclerc will carry the Olympic flame through Monaco today on its way to Paris for this year’s event.

Second practice run for Bearman

Oliver Bearman will make his third appearance in a grand prix weekend this year at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend. The Haas reserve driver will take over Nico Hulkenberg’s car in the first practice session. He is due to make four further appearances in practice for Haas this year.

F1 24 ‘seasons’ to highlight Leclerc and Alonso

EA have revealed the first details of the ‘seasons’ of new material coming to the official Formula 1 racing game, F1 24. These are based not around entire championships, but different themes “celebrating the sport’s past, present, and future,” says the publisher.

Each will present players with a set of challenges, available for a limited amount of time, allowing them to win rewards such as special liveries, race suits and more. The first, the Charles Leclerc Challenge Career, will be available until June 28th. It will be followed by the Aston Martin Event Series in July, focused on Fernando Alonso’s career.

Zagazeta returns to F3

Jenzer Formula 3 driver Matias Zagazeta will return to the series this weekend after missing the Monaco round following an emergency operation for appendicitis.

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