Sainz Jr. to join Renault for 2018 season
15 September 2017 – Renault has confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr. will race for the team in 2018, alongside Nico Hülkenberg, completing the manufacturer's driver line-up.
Sainz Jr. made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso in 2015 and Red Bull had taken up the option in his contract for another year, tying the Spaniard to the junior team for 2018.
However, an agreement has now been reached, which will see Sainz Jr. compete for Renault in 2018, as part of a loan arrangement with Red Bull.
"I'm very happy to be joining Renault," said Sainz Jr.
"To be a Formula 1 driver for a manufacturer team is an honour and I hope to reward Renault's faith in me with my very best performances on track.
"The trajectory of Renault is exciting and I'm proud to join at such an important time in their history.
"I am looking forward to working with everyone at [the factories in] Enstone and Viry-Châtillon, and driving alongside Nico Hülkenberg.
"I have worked closely with Renault in Formula 1 and previously in motorsport, so I know their motivation and capabilities.
"This is the start of a very exciting new chapter in my career.
"I would like to say thank you to Red Bull for all their confidence and support and for allowing me to take this opportunity.
"Last but not least, I specially want to thank all the people that work in Toro Rosso. They are a fantastic team of professionals and I wish them the best for the future."
Sainz Jr. replaces Jolyon Palmer in Renault's line-up.