Fourth Year at Toro Rosso ‘unlikely’ admits Carlos Sainz Jr

Carlos Sainz Jr does not expect to be a Toro Rosso driver again in 2018 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Carlos Sainz Jr admits a fourth season with Scuderia Toro Rosso is unlikely, with his primary aim to advance to Red Bull Racing in 2018.

The Spaniard is one of the most highly rated drivers on the grid, and has been touted to join one of the top teams in the past couple of seasons, although Sainz would prefer to remain as part of the Red Bull family rather than move elsewhere.

However, Sainz will not close the door on any potential opportunity for the future, with the McLaren Formula 1 Team and Renault Sport Formula 1 Team both being linked with the twenty-two-year-old former Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion.

“I think it’s still a very long season ahead,” said Sainz during Thursdays Press Conference in Austria. “Obviously these rumours are always going to come at this stage.

“As you all know my target number one is to be with Red Bull next year and start fighting for podiums or wins or whatever they are fighting for next year and I’m going to keep pushing for this.

“If that doesn’t happen obviously a fourth year at Toro Rosso is unlikely so I’m not going to close the door to any opportunity.”

  • MightyMax

    One of the most highly rated drivers? Sorry, but I don’t think so. Maybe of the ‘youngsters’ but even there I see loads more potential in Verstappen (that beat Sainz in every way possible at Toro Rosso and who by now is at least equal or probably even better/faster than Ricciardo). Also Sainz is still making stupid mistakes during races (look at the the last two races) and that is not the sign of a true champ! He maybe could become a ‘first driver’ at a team like Force India, Williams or Renault, but for the real top teams (and I include McLaren there also next to Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull) I only see him as a ‘second driver’.