Sainz has "no power" over Red Bull in negotiations
Carlos Sainz has stated he has little say in his imminent future in Formula 1 as his contract means Red Bull can keep him on for the next "two or three years".
Sainz, a long-time member of the Red Bull Junior Team, joined Formula 1 with Toro Rosso back in 2015 - and the energy drink giant has recently exercised its option to keep him on for at least another year.
The Spaniard's strong recent performances have seen him linked with manufacturer entities like Ferrari and Renault, but he is instead to continue at Toro Rosso in 2017, as the two spots in the main Red Bull squad are taken up by Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Asked whether re-signing with Red Bull was an easy decision, Sainz said: "At the end, it is not my decision.
"If Red Bull wants me, even if I don't want – but I [do] want to stay in Toro Rosso – it is just, I have no power of decision at all. If Red Bull wants me, then they have the contract, they have the option and they executed it and I have to stay.
"I don't know if there were other possibilities, I prefer not to care too much about it. I just know that Red Bull wants me to be with them.
"It is true the senior team is a bit too crowded at the moment, so I will have to wait – but I am convinced that if I do good races, they will make me a seat and they will find an option for me."
"Another two or three years"
Sainz also said that his contract with Red Bull has options for subsequent years as well, meaning that, without a financial compensation for breaking the contract, he won't have the option to seek employment elsewhere if Red Bull doesn't want him to.
"I think I have another two or three years where they can keep exercising this option," Sainz said.
"As Helmut Marko said not a long time ago, of course I can leave the programme and everything but they will need to be paid a lot of money.
"They will always execute this option if they can, especially if they like me like he does.
"At the moment I don't have much of an opinion or reaction to this, for me to have the confidence of character like Helmut Marko - we know how tough he is - so early in the season gives me great confidence.
"It is a great boost for the rest of the season to know I am quite safe in such a tough programme and from now I can drive a bit more free and a bit calm knowing that next year I will be in a team for sure."
Additional reporting by Jonathan Noble
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