Tost admits Sainz on course for Toro Rosso seat

Rally legend Carlos Sainz with son Carlos Sainz Junior

Rally legend Carlos Sainz with son Carlos Sainz Junior

Highly rated Carlos Sainz Junior is well on his way to Formula 1, after Daniil Kvyat made his impressive Formula 1 debut in 2014, 19-year-old Sainz is now the cream of Red Bull’s junior driver programme.

The young Spaniard is expected to step up to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso next year.

But Sainz’s father, the rallying legend, who is in Montreal this weekend, told the Spanish sports daily AS: “There’s no hurry – the later the better. I have had no notice from Red Bull or anyone regarding anything other than the (Renault) World Series for Carlos.”

After four rounds of the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 series, Sainz is leading the championship, but Sainz Senior insisted, “We go step by step, with confidence, trying to do things right.”

However, Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost has acknowledged that Sainz does appear to have a future in Formula 1 – and logically one that starts with the Faenza team.

“Nothing is decided,” he said, “but I think that sooner or later he will be on the track with us. I hope he drives with us on a Friday [this season], but I cannot confirm this yet because we are still early in the season and trying to solve our reliability problems.”

“Carlos will be in the car one Friday,” Tost then confirmed. (GMM)