Red Bull Racing team principle Christian Horner has stated that Carlos Sainz Jr. is available, but only if the price is right to buyout his Red Bull contract.
Sainz said earlier this month that it would be “unlikely” he will be at Scuderia Toro Rosso for another season, before being slammed by Horner for his comments and reminded him of his contract situation.
But Horner has told Sky Sports that with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo locked down at Red Bull for 2018, Sainz can leave Red Bull if a team is willing to pay the right price.
Carlos Sainz. Jr’s contract with the Red Bull group runs until the end of 2019.
Horner said: “Sainz has a contract with Red Bull and there are two years left on that contract.”
“We value him as an asset and an asset has a value. So if there was a desire from another team to have him, or for him to go somewhere else, something that has a value has to have a price attached.”
“If somebody was prepared to make an offer, we would, of course, consider it. But it would need to have a significant value attached because we have invested in Carlos. We are not just going to give an asset away.”
Sainz was rumoured to join Renault Sport F1 Team at the Hungarian Grand Prix, replacing Jolyon Palmer but Renault’s Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul claiming the rumours are “false” and Sainz denying any knowledge of the rumours.
“Many people are coming to me about this rumour and for me, it’s just a rumour, When not one single comment you receive from your bosses, who are actually managing your career, comes from them then you expect it to be just a rumour. I don’t comment about rumours” said the Spaniard.
Despite the comments from Austria, Sainz has assisted that everything between him and Red Bull are all settled now.
“After Austria we cleared everything, we clarified everything – what was said, what was not intending to be said. We explained to each other everything and Horner, Helmut Marko and I were playing tennis yesterday, enjoying our time.”
“We had a good time, the air is clear. I’m a Red Bull driver, inside the Red Bull programme, covering for Toro Rosso next year and looking forward to changing today’s result in Hungary with Toro Rosso.”