OCTOBER 21, 2016
Sainz not willing to wait for Red Bull seat
Carlos Sainz says he doesn't want to be a back-up Red Bull driver for the rest of his career.
The Spaniard had eyed a move from Toro Rosso to the senior team, and was then short-listed by the works Renault team for 2017.
But Red Bull is keeping him at Toro Rosso, not only to lead the Faenza team but also to be ready to step up should he be needed at short notice.
"To my regret, Red Bull Racing are very happy with their drivers," he said in Austin.
"It's good for them that there is a third driver who is waiting for the right moment, but I can't wait my whole life. I hope they understand that," added Sainz.
He said he is happy to stay at Toro Rosso for 2017, but after that is keen to "move on".
Asked if he thinks Red Bull will again intervene for 2018, Sainz said: "I hope not. Red Bull are tough but also fair.
"If they do not need to replace one of the drivers, then I'm sure they'll find a fair solution."