Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost believes the speculation surrounding Carlos Sainz’s future at the outfit is a result of the Formula 1 paddock being 'bored'.
Having said in a press conference at the Austrian GP that a fourth season at Toro Rosso was "unlikely" - a comment that he later clarified - Sainz was subsequently rumoured to be making a mid-season switch to Renault.
That was strongly denied by Renault, which felt compelled to reassure Jolyon Palmer on the morning of the British GP that his seat was safe, and Tost called it “unserious speculation”.
“I don’t know where this rumour is coming [from] that he was [going to be] driving in Budapest for I don’t know which team,” said Tost.
“This is Formula 1, you see people sitting around, it’s boring for them, and then they come up with some stories or some dreams or whatever.
“Then they talk with one another and then it starts going around.
Sainz has made clear that he learned from the uncomfortable situation that resulted from his comments in Austria, and Tost expects him to let his driving do the talking from now on.
“I’m convinced he has learned from this and convinced that he knows what is the basis [for progressing his career],” he said.
“The most important part, which I always say to the driver, is show the best performance with the current package you have – the rest will come by itself and this is wherever you are.
“We have a really good competitive car, and the team is doing a really good job and getting everything together.
“With Toro Rosso you can always be in the points.”