Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced that Carlos Sainz will join the team with immediate effect. It means that the team’s driver line-up will consist of two F1 novices next year. The 20 year old Spaniard won the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship this year. Sainz is the son of multiple World Rally Championship Carlos Sainz, who has been a Red Bull driver in recent years and will be competing in the Dakar Rally in a Red Bull supported Peugeot.
“With Carlos Sainz joining Max Verstappen in our driver line-up next year, we continue the Toro Rosso tradition of providing youngsters from the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme with their first steps in Formula 1,” said Franz Tost. “I have watched Carlos progress through the junior categories, always improving as he moved higher up the ladder, culminating in a well-deserved win in this year’s World Series. However, I also remember the day’s testing he did with us at Silverstone in 2013 in the STR8. He really surprised me and his engineers that day, with his mature approach and his speed.”