Carlos Sainz will stay with Toro Rosso for the 2017 Formula 1 season, after Red Bull executed its option to extend his contract beyond the current year.
Sainz made his debut in F1 in 2015 with Toro Rosso, impressing alongside the highly-rated Max Verstappen. And although the Spaniard was snubbed when Red Bull wanted a replacement for the underperforming Daniil Kvyat, he will remain part of the Red Bull F1 roster for another year.
“Well we took up [Sainz]’s option earlier this week so he’s committed to Red Bull for the next 12 months,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. “As with all the drivers he’s committed to Red Bull Racing and then we have the ability to place them where we want. Of course he’s currently at Toro Rosso which is where he’ll be next year.”
Horner revealed that, contractually, Red Bull had until the end of the year to execute the option, but decided to take it early to remove any uncertainty in Sainz’s mind.
“No, we had until the end of the year to take up the option but we chose to do it early to put his mind at rest,’’ he said.
Horner also expect Kvyat to stay with Toro Rosso for another year, despite a few difficult races since he was moved to the juniour team.
“I’d be surprised [if there were changes] to be honest with you. I think Dany Kvyat is continuing his development. You can see he is finding his feet now and there’s not an obvious candidate knocking on the door at the moment that would warrant that seat,’’ he added.
by Rachit Thukral