Sainz Jr not ready for F1

Team boss Franz Tost has played down rumours Carlos Sainz Jr is ready to make the step up to formula one with Toro Rosso.

Spaniard Sainz, whose namesake and father is the world rally legend, impressed recently as he tested for both the Faenza based team and big-brother Red Bull Racing during the young driver test at Silverstone.

Afterwards, the 18-year-old said he now has "a small percentage chance" of stepping up to F1 next year.

And then in Hungary, although the meeting triggered the Fernando Alonso-to-Red Bull rumours, Sainz's manager Luis Garcia Abad was spotted in conversation with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

Toro Rosso chief Tost, however, suggested Sainz jr is not yet ready for F1. Indeed, it is believed much more likely that, if the team has a vacancy for 2014, it will be filled by Antonio Felix da Costa.

"I told him (Sainz) that he needs to win races in GP3," Tost is quoted by Speed Week.

"He is 18 years old now. I assume that he could be at formula one maturity in about two or three years.

"He has not yet attained the results in GP3 that are expected of him," he added.

(GMM)

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