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Tost: Sainz’s F1 future to be decided by Red Bull

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Toro Rosso Formula 1 chief Franz Tost says that Carlos Sainz Jr. will have his 2018 plans decided by Red Bull as he remains under contract, despite the Spaniard’s claim that remaining with the team next year is “unlikely”.

Sainz made his F1 debut with Red Bull’s F1 B-team in 2015, and has put in some quietly impressive displays during his time in the sport to attract the attention of teams further up the grid.

Sainz said on Thursday in Austria that he felt a fourth year with Toro Rosso in 2018 was “unlikely”, targeting a seat with Red Bull’s senior team or elsewhere if one was not available.

The comments sparked an angry reaction in the British media from Red Bull F1 chief Christian Horner in the British media, stressing that Sainz would still be racing for Toro Rosso next year.

Toro Rosso’s Tost shared Horner’s view, stressing in Friday’s FIA press conference that Sainz’s future was in Red Bull’s hands.

“This is not a decision of Carlos Sainz. He has a Red Bull contract and Red Bull decides what he will do in the future,” Tost said.

“I’m a little bit confused about this discussion at this stage of the year because Red Bull has paid and financed the complete career of Carlos Sainz.

They paid his Formula BMW season, Formula Renault, then Formula Three, GP3, 3.5 litre World Series and three years in Formula Three.

“Why should Red Bull give him away to any other opponent when they educated him to quite a high level? I think sometimes loyalty – also in Formula One – should play an important game.

“Once more, it’s a decision of Red Bull.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold