Sainz deserves Toro Rosso seat - da Costa

We've been hearing that a lot lately, but here's Antonio Felix da Costa throwing in his two cents.

Antonio Felix da Costa, a former Red Bull-backed F1 hopeful, says Carlos Sainz jr now deserves his chance in Formula One.

Portuguese da Costa, who came close to a Toro Rosso seat this year but ultimately lost out to Daniil Kvyat, now races in the DTM series and this weekend is making his Formula E debut in Malaysia for Aguri Suzuki's team.

Carlos deserves the seat more than anyone else

Antonio Felix da Costa

It is believed Toro Rosso is weighing up between Spaniard Sainz, who is the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion, Jean-Eric Vergne or newly-crowned GP3 champion Alex Lynn for the seat alongside Max Verstappen in 2015.

"I don't know what will happen," said da Costa, "but Carlos deserves the seat more than anyone else.

"My time was last year," he told the Spanish news agency EFE, "but now it's the time for Carlos. What more does he need to do to be given that seat?"

Alguersuari understands the unpredictability of F1

Another former Red Bull protege now in Formula E is Jaime Alguersuari, who says he is not surprised Sainz's future remains so unclear.

"In Formula One, nothing at all surprises me," said the former Toro Rosso driver.

"When you think one thing, another thing happens -- the opposite. You never really know the interests behind everything, and not just money. Everything counts," Alguersuari added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Aguri Suzuki , Jaime Alguersuari , Antonio Felix da Costa , Jean-Eric Vergne , Daniil Kvyat , Max Verstappen , Alex Lynn
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news
Tags str-renault