TURIN, Italy – Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 chief Franz Tost expects Carlos Sainz Jr. to soon be confirmed as racing for the team in 2017.
Toro Rosso acts as Red Bull’s B-team in F1, its purpose being to enjoy synergies with the senior operation and help to nurture young drivers.
Sainz has raced for Toro Rosso since the start of 2015, but admitted recently that his chances of moving up to the senior Red Bull team are slim given the long-term deals that Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are on.
Speaking to reporters at the FIA Sport Conference on Tuesday, Tost said that he expects Sainz to be confirmed as a Toro Rosso driver for 2017 shortly.
“I don’t see any problem there because it depends always what’s going on at Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing for next season is full with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen,” Tost said.
“It looks like and I personally hope that this is the case that Carlos Sainz will stay with Toro Rosso. I think this will be confirmed soon.
“It’s also a good possibility for Carlos to show his talent and I hope that our car next year is very competitive that he will not find any disadvantages compared to another team.”
Daniil Kvyat currently occupies Toro Rosso’s second seat after being demoted from Red Bull after the Russian Grand Prix, and Tost hopes he will stay on.
“Personally I would hope that also Daniil Kvyat will stay with us because he is a really good driver, but he has to feel well,” Tost said.
“Then we will see what the future holds.
“At the end it is a decision from Red Bull Racing to bring in a driver which shows the best possible performance for the team and for Red Bull.”