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Patient Kvyat and Sainz trust Red Bull "100 per cent" over Formula 1 future
Oct 8, 2015, 5:48 PM

Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz say they have faith that Red Bull will reach an agreement to keep its main team and Toro Rosso on the Formula 1 grid ...

Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz say they have faith that Red Bull will reach an agreement to keep its main team and Toro Rosso on the Formula 1 grid for 2016.

Red Bull is currently evaluating whether or not to continue racing in F1 after splitting with its long-term engine supplier, Renault, and is yet to secure a deal to run power units next season.

Mercedes decided not to supply engines to its rival, while Ferrari is reportedly only offering Red Bull older spec engines than those the works team and Sauber would use, which has left the Austrian company contemplating an exit from F1. Red Bull's owner has said that he will make a final decision at the end of this month. Even if a deal is worked out this will leave both teams playing catch up with the risk of missing the pre-sets tests as they incorporate the new engines into their chassis.

Daniil Kvyat

But speaking ahead of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, Kvyat and Sainz explained that they trust the company to secure the future of their F1 teams.

Kvyat said: “There have been some rumours in the media and they are not the nicest things to hear about your own team, but my job is, first of all, to drive the car that I have as fast as I can and that’s what I want to focus on.

“The things that are hanging in the air are up to other people in our team and I trust them 100 per cent in what they are doing and I rely on them 100 per cent.”

Sainz echoed his Red Bull-stablemate’s thoughts, but did concede that time was running out with the 2016 car designs at a critical stage.

He said: “I know that the team is working hard, now more than ever, to find something for next year. [But] it starts to be a bit late and we need to start to design the rear of the car and when you don’t have something at the rear at this stage of the year it’s a bit tricky.

“But I have full trust that they will come to a solution and an agreement. Red Bull has done a lot for this sport, a lot for F1 and they will end up having a decent engine, a decent package for next year.”

Carlos Sainz

Kvyat urged people to stay patient with Red Bull as the negotiations over its F1 future continue.

He said: “F1 is a rough world, you have to be patient, you have to consider it’s not a honeymoon at some point. The beginning of the year was very tough for us and then we started to climb, slowly but surely, and we’ve been quite competitive in the last races.

“Everyone has to be patient in the team and I think the right decisions will be taken in the future from our bosses.”

Sainz agreed that the team needed to be patient, but expressed his confidence that the Red Bull teams would be on the grid in 2016.

He said: “We just need to wait, be patient as Dany is saying and trust that Red Bull is going to take the right decision and they’re going to do the best for the brand, for the team, for both teams and there is nothing that we can do.

“We are just sitting here, waiting, but having 100 per cent confidence in them and as I said before, Red Bull has done a lot for F1 and I’m sure F1 will end up giving them back a bit of what they have done for them. With all this, I’m pretty sure, hopefully, that next year we can be here.”

Daniil Kvyat Carlos Sainz

While both Kvyat and Sainz are confident Red Bull will secure its F1 future, along with their own, in the coming weeks, all of Red Bull’s drivers will be paying close attention to the engine negotiations.

Should Red Bull opt to pull out of F1, the sport would lose a high-profile young driver programme and, potentially, several promising pilots. But there would still be some hope for them as Haas F1 and Lotus, which is expected to become Renault, are both yet to announce who will fill their second seats in 2016.

If Red Bull does pull out of F1, where should its young drivers try to get a seat? Should they look outside F1 for 2016 if that does happen? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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