Carlos Sainz joined Red Bull Racing’s sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015. Cut to 2017, he’s still there and with the Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen contracted till the end of 2018, it doesn’t look like a spot is available there next year either.
Ahead of this weekend’s Austrian GP, Sainz has said that it is “unlikely” that he will remain at Toro Rosso next year and that bagging that Red Bull seat is his target.
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“It’s still a long season and these rumours will always come”, said Sainz. “My target number one is to be with Red Bull Racing next year and start fighting for podiums, wins or whatever they are fighting for next year.
“I’m going to keep pushing for this. If that doesn’t happen, a fourth year in Toro Rosso is unlikely and I’m not going to close the door to any opportunity. I’m definitely ready to take a step forward in my career – I’m ready. I’m not closing any doors. We’ll see what happens.”
However, Sainz has stressed that he is very much focused on the task at hand which is the 2017 F1 season with Toro Rosso and is rather happy with how their season is going, despite the silly crashes and slight errors.
“I have a job which is to drive a car and do it as fast as possible”, reflected the Spanish driver. “I have got to the point now where I feel confident with the team, with the car, and I think the season is going positively until now.
“Every time we have finished, we’ve been in the points. We have 11 more points than at this point last season – that is all positive, but we just need to keep working.”
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– Aditya Bhat.