Toro Rosso youngster Carlos Sainz is happy to stay another year at Toro Rosso to continue his personal progress as racing driver, However, he admitted that he eyes at a top seat in the foreseeable future.
Sainz is completing his second season in F1 after racing in different racing series throughout his career. He started his steep ladder in motorsport in Formula BMW, then he switched to F3 Open. After that he raced among others in British F3, in Formula Renault 2.0, FIA F3, GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5.
His current team, Toro Rosso announced a few weeks ago that it extended his contract for another year. However, Sainz was linked with a possible shock move to Ferrari by replacing Kimi Räikkönen, the Spaniard claimed to be happy with his current seat.
“Well, I think it’s a very good achievement for myself and for my group of people. I think to be renewed so early in the season by a team like Toro Rosso that we know is a difficult team with young people, I think it’s a good achievement so I must say I’m very pleased for that.”
Sainz highlighted the fact that the new contract also takes off extra pressure and stress of his own and the team’s shoulders. That means they can now completely switch the focus to racing action in the remainder of the season.
”I think we have now a second half of the season where we can fully focus on what we’re here for, that is pure racing, and go forward as a team.”
Sainz didn’t hesitate to claim himself ready to up his game and join a team at the sharp end of the grid.
“Obviously like every racing driver I feel ready, fully ready for a top seat, especially this year where I have a good run without reliability issues where I could find a bit more myself.”
”With not so many issues I think I have proved myself a lot more compared to last year.”
The former Formula Renault 3.5 champion is realistic as he acknowledged that there are only a few top seats with many drivers longing to those.
“And now I’m fully ready for a top seat – unfortunately there’s not many available,” concluded the Spaniard.