F1 Red Bull Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz believes that he’s finally ready to graduate to the primary Red Bull team.
There’s no doubt that Carlos Sainz has grand ambitions. After all, no one wants to be riding for a sister team their whole career. Sainz has been trying to make the most of his time spent at Toro Rosso–a position he’s held since 2015, but the young Spaniard has admitted that there isn’t much he can do to get the attention of the higher-ups other than what he’s been doing.
Although Sainz had a questionable start to the season–he shot out of pit lane and into the right side-pod of Williams rookie Lance Stroll–he’s been doing a much better and more measured job at showing his potential.
Thus far, the Toro Rosso driver has been sitting comfortably in the midfield, where he has managed to take home points at the succession of five out of the current six races in the Formula One 2017 season. Sainz currently sits in 8th position in the driver’s championship–not too shabby considering he has the likes of Former F1 World Champion Felipe Massa nipping at his heels in 9th.
The young Spaniard offered up his own opinion regarding his stint at Toro Rosso and ambitions beyond, saying:
“I will keep doing what I’m doing and we’ll see what happens. I need to keep performing for myself and to show Red Bull and everyone there that I am a fast guy and that one day they can count on me.
Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.”
– Carlos Sainz
Though Sainz is open about his future aspirations, he was quick to add that the team is happy where it is out in the field at the moment, and is targeting P7 as their current “win”:
“At the moment, our win is to finish the races P7, in Monaco we finished P6 as we beat a Mercedes, so we’re happy. It was the race we needed. It’s not like every year you do the perfect weekend in the best race of the season – Monaco.” – Carlos Sainz
Sainz should be applauded for his forward thinking, but regardless of the speed he can pull, the young driver has shown a shimmer of an arrogant streak at times; he maintained his burst into Stroll wasn’t even remotely his fault. Should that become more apparent in the future, he’ll have a mounting problem to address. And we can’t forget that it’s not as if Sainz will be the only driver eyeing a Red Bull seat once Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo’s contracts run out at the end of 2018.
Sainz may claim that he’s doing all he can to impress Red Bull at the moment, but there’s always something to be improved on. Always.