Red Bull Racing has severed ties with Carlos Sainz Jr according to Germany’s Auto Bild and F1Today.net. This is a result of the Spanish driver criticizing the Austrian team in public in a number of interviews at Red Bull’s home race last week.
Carlos Sainz Jr to replace Jolyon Palmer at Renault in Red Bull dispute- report
It is understood that Sainz will move to Renault for the Hungarian Grand Prix, despite holding a contract with Toro Rosso for the remainder of 2017. Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul and Dr Helmut Marko of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme are currently in talks and are negotiating a deal to get Sainz out of his Toro Rosso contract. It is suspected that Renault will have to raise $8 million to complete this.
If Renault did raise this amount of money, Sainz would replace Jolyon Palmer at Renault for the Hungarian Grand Prix to partner Nico Hulkenberg at Renault. With a vacant seat at Toro Rosso, it is understood that 2016 GP2 Champion Pierre Gasly would be promoted to the seat for the remainder of the season to partner Daniil Kvyat.
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Main Photo Caption: Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Spain during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox / Getty Images Sport)