Sainz says son has talent for F1 but needs luck too
24 December, 2013
Spaniard Carlos Sainz Junior could be the next in line for a Red Bull powered step into Formula 1.
For 2014, it was expected that Antonio Felix da Costa would replace the Red Bull Racing-bound Daniel Ricciardo at the energy drink company’s second Formula 1 team, Toro Rosso.
Instead, Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat was selected from the Red Bull Junior Team, while Portuguese da Costa was appointed a Formula 1 test driver.
Now, in 2014, the leading Red Bull-backed hopeful will be Spanish 19-year-old Carlos Sainz, who shares a name with his rallying legend father.
Red Bull has trimmed its Junior Team for this season, with Sainz jr joined in the programme by just two other drivers, GP3 driver Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly, a 17-year-old Frenchman.
Sainz senior, the two-time World Rally Champion, is hoping that his son can be the next to step up to Formula 1.
“I know that he has the talent,” he told Speed Week. “But that is not enough. To make it to Formula 1, he will also need a lot of luck.”
Sainz jr will contest the full Formula Renault 3.5 series in 2014. (GMM)
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