Carlos Sainz Jr. is refusing to think about a move into Formula One just yet despite testing for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso in the test at Silverstone in July.
The young Spaniard is a member of Red Bull’s junior driver programme and the son of his namesake, Carlos Sainz, who is a legend of the rallying world. Despite all of the signs suggesting that Sainz Jr. could grace F1 in the not-too-distant future, he insists that he is not getting ahead of himself.
“In January I wasn’t even expecting to have a day in a Toro Rosso or even try Formula One this year, it was not in my plans,” Sainz told Autosport.
However, everything changed very quickly for the Spaniard as he completed some impressive running for Red Bull and Toro Rosso at Silverstone.
“I’m a GP3 driver. I got the opportunity to test a Toro Rosso and a Red Bull.
“This is obviously a big boost for my self-confidence, and a spur to keep pushing in all areas, but I’m still 18 years old, I’m young and there is no way I will go to Formula 1 next year. There’s no rush. I’m patient. I know that there is still a long way to go and that just doing a Formula One test does not mean I’m going to be a Formula One driver.”
Sainz’s name had been banded about as a potential replacement for Daniel Ricciardo should Red Bull opt to draft the Australian driver in as a replacement for the retiring Mark Webber. However, the more logical choice for Toro Rosso would be to take on Antonio Felix da Costa (another Red Bull junior driver), giving Sainz another year or two to mature as a driver. Regardless, his pragmatic and grounded attitude will certainly be a breath of fresh air in Formula One should he reach the pinnacle of motorsport in the coming few years.