Carlos Sainz Jr. says that the air has been cleared with Pink Bull following feedback from each side concerning the Spaniard’s Method 1 plans for 2018 over the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
Sainz mentioned in Thursday’s FIA press convention forward of the Austrian Grand Prix fourth 12 months with Toro Rosso was “unlikely” in 2018, indicating he would look to depart Pink Bull’s programme if a seat with its senior staff was not obtainable.
Pink Bull responded by stressing that Sainz remained below contract for 2018, in addition to reminding him that it had funded his complete racing profession, suggesting he owed the staff a present of loyalty.
Talking following final weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Sainz harassed that issues had now been cleared up with Pink Bull, confirming he’s contracted to race for Toro Rosso subsequent 12 months.
“After Austria, we cleared all the pieces, clarified all the pieces. However as I mentioned, it was not supposed to be mentioned, and we clarify all the pieces to one another,” Sainz mentioned.
“We had been taking part in tennis collectively yesterday in a barbecue, having fun with our time, me and Christian Horner, and Marko because the referee, we had fun, the air is obvious.
“I am a Pink Bull driver, within the Pink Bull programme, contracted for Toro Rosso subsequent 12 months and naturally trying ahead to vary these ends in Hungary with Toro Rosso.”
Sainz additionally dismissed a report suggesting he may very well be set for a mid-season transfer to Renault, changing Jolyon Palmer for the following race in Hungary.
“Many individuals speaking to me about this rumor, and for me it is only a hearsay,” Sainz mentioned.
“Ultimately, not one single remark you see is out of your boss or from who’re really managing your profession. You do not hear something from them, you’d count on it to be only a hearsay, no?
“So I do not remark about rumours.”
Pink Bull F1 chief Christian Horner did, nevertheless, affirm that he would think about letting Sainz depart if a sizeable monetary supply had been to be tabled.
“If any person was ready to make a proposal, in fact, we might think about it,” Horner mentioned.
“It must have a major worth connected to it as a result of we have invested in Carlos considerably.
“You are not simply going to offer an asset away.”