Sainz Jr. wants to challenge for title in 2018
19 June 2017 – Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. says he wants to step up to Red Bull in 2018 and fight for the title, as he continues to make an impression in his third campaign.
Sainz Jr. has taken five points finishes from seven races so far this season, including a sixth-place result in Monaco, behind only Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes cars.
Red Bull currently fields Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, and has stated that both have a contract through 2018, but rumours continue to link them with rivals.
"Ideally, I want to fight for a championship [in 2018], I want to have the chance to show everyone that I'm able to fight for a world championship," Sainz Jr. told Crash.net.
"Red Bull knows this, I've told them, they know it perfectly.
"I think if I keep bringing home good results the opportunity will come, and hopefully it will come with Red Bull, this is my target and this is what I'm looking for."
Sainz Jr. is nonetheless focused on helping Toro Rosso achieve its 2017 target.
"My target is fifth in the Constructors' Championship; at least, that's the target of Toro Rosso, it's been the target for the past three seasons," he commented.
"Personally, getting in the points whenever I finish a race and keep this run of consistency.
"I'm obviously really happy with how these first races have gone, particularly with the early points, particularly with Monaco, that was a big weekend for me.
"It hasn't been as easy as it looks, sometimes we've struggled to qualify in the top 12, even in the top 10 compared to last year – it's a lot tighter to get in there.
"We have to do a lot of races coming a bit from the back, but still we've managed to get the points. The team has improved a lot in pit-stop strategy, so it's helping."
Sainz Jr. has scored 25 points to team-mate Daniil Kvyat's four in 2017.