Highly rated Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jnr, is targeting a seat at a top team for 2018. Sainz has said that he has made bosses at Red Bull Racing aware of his plan, as a 3rd season with the junior outfit looms.
“I think Red Bull perfectly knows – 2017, it’s a tough year for me, it’s the third year for me in Toro Rosso,” Sainz said.
“I think I could have, if options would have been open, I could have done a jump to Red Bull or any other team.
“So, I think they [Red Bull] perfectly know, I want to be in a top team in 2018, I think they perfectly know, I am already starting to be ready for that.
“As long as they know and keep that in mind, I am OK to stay one more year in Toro Rosso.”
Red Bull’s current first-team duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, both have contracts that run to the end of 2018. Carlos also has a long term deal with the energy drink giants, as Red Bull hold the option to keep him within their formula 1 stable for either team.
“I am contracted here [Red Bull]. The option [on 2017] has been executed. They have option on me until 2019 or 2020,” he said.
“They can keep executing option on me, doesn’t matter if it’s Toro Rosso or Red Bull.
“I had a conversation with Helmut [Marko] and Red Bull, I have let them know that I am ready.
“I need to rise one step in F1, I feel ready for it. They perfectly understand and they are with me in that area.”
This is a clear message from Carlos to ‘other’ teams on the grid, as he seeks a top drive. Renault were reportedly interested in him for next year, and also there are the rumours of interest from Ferrari.