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Sainz: Nothing to regret I said something very clear

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The saga surrounding the future of Carlos Sainz continues to boil in the Red Bull Ring paddock after he claimed during the drivers’ press conference on Friday that he thought it was unlikely he would be with Toro Rosso next season and now is sticking by what he said despite irking his Red Bull bosses with his comments.

The energy drinks team financed Sainz’s career from his junior years through to Formula 1 and he is thus contracted to them. They have triggered the option that ensures he remains with organisation for another year, amid speculation that Ferrari and particularly Renault are interested in his services.

But in the wake of the Spaniard’s comments in Austria, Red Bull team chief Christian Horner labeled him “disingenuous saying stuff like that” and Helmut Marko adding, “I think he is a little bit confused.”

As this soap opera in the Spielberg hills gathers steam and becomes increasingly intriguing, Sainz has responded to his bosses through Sky Sport, “Everything has been thrown a bit out of proportion.”

“What I said [on Friday] was nothing strange I believe. As an ambitious driver, it’s very clear that my first goal in life is to become a Red Bull driver and start fighting for podiums with them.”

“I owe [Red Bull] everything. I owe to Toro Rosso and the people there everything I know in Formula 1 at the moment, but I have ambitions and the ambition is to be a Red Bull driver one day. Hopefully sooner rather than later, but that’s it.”

With regards to his claims ahead of the race weekend in Austria, Sainz explained, “Maybe the word – unlikely – can be interpreted in many different ways but what I said is it would be a strange situation to be a fourth year with Toro Rosso.”

Asked if he will have chat with his unimpressed Red Bull bosses, Sainz replied, “I will for sure. I have no problem with speaking with them because I only have positive things about Red Bull, my commitment to Red Bull, and what I want in life with Red Bull. I have nothing to regret. I said something very clear.”

Big Question: Is Carlos being wise playing his situation out in public?