Highly rated Carlos Sainz Jr has admitted that he is not a serious candidate to replace the Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso next year.
With Antonio Felix da Costa struggling in the Renault ‘world series’, and Felipe Nasr now ruled out of the running, it had been suggested that the impressive teen Sainz might be in pole position to succeed Ricciardo.
But Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost this week said that leaping straight from GP3 would be “too big a jump” for 19-year-old Sainz, whom he also considers too young for F1.
“I am staying on the ground,” Sainz, whose father and namesake is the world rally legend, is quoted by Speed Week. “It’s no secret that F1 is my big goal, and I’m moving closer step by step.”
“But at the moment I’m thinking of my last race in GP3, and beyond that three races in the Formula Renault 3.5 and also Macau,” he added.
Sainz said that he had talks with Red Bull’s influential Helmut Marko recently, “but it was all about my assignments in Formula Renault and Macau”, he revealed.
“There was no mention of F1,”. (GMM.)
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