Sainz says son has talent for F1 but needs luck too

Rally legend Carlos Sainz listens to his son Carlos Sainz Junior during the Silverstone test

Rally legend Carlos Sainz listens to Carlos Sainz Junior during the Silverstone test

Spaniard Carlos Sainz Junior could be the next in line for a Red Bull powered step into Formula 1.

For 2014, it was expected that Antonio Felix da Costa would replace the Red Bull Racing-bound Daniel Ricciardo at the energy drink company’s second Formula 1 team, Toro Rosso.

Instead, Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat was selected from the Red Bull Junior Team, while Portuguese da Costa was appointed a Formula 1 test driver.

Now, in 2014, the leading Red Bull-backed hopeful will be Spanish 19-year-old Carlos Sainz, who shares a name with his rallying legend father.

Red Bull has trimmed its Junior Team for this season, with Sainz jr joined in the programme by just two other drivers, GP3 driver Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly, a 17-year-old Frenchman.

Sainz senior, the two-time World Rally Champion, is hoping that his son can be the next to step up to Formula 1.

“I know that he has the talent,” he told Speed Week. “But that is not enough. To make it to Formula 1, he will also need a lot of luck.”

Sainz jr will contest the full Formula Renault 3.5 series in 2014. (GMM)

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  • Badman Jose

    If you want this kid in Formula 1 its really not that
    difficult. Lay out some Long Cash $$$$. A little
    talent might help..