Sainz to debut for Renault in USA GP


Toro Rosso confirm the Madrileño is leaving to go to his new team where he will replace the disappointing Jolyon Palmer

Tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix will be Carlos Sainz’s last race for Toro Rosso. The Madrileño driver will join his new team, Renault, before the end of the 2018 season, after the French team and Jolyon Palmer had reached agreement on the terms of his exit with four races still to go.

Sainz had already been announced as the French team’s new driver for next season, but the idea everyone had was for him to drive for Renault in the final stages of the season. With the confirmation of the move, a period of almost three years draws to a close, one in which the son of the twice world rally champion has given his all for the Red Bull family, but not enough for him to earn a seat in the first team.

“First of all I would like to thank Toro Rosso and Red Bull for allowing me the possibility of finishing this season with Renault Sport Racing. More specifically, I really want to thank all my engineers and mechanics for their support and tremendous work throughout these years. Toro Rosso is made up of a fantastic group of people and I wish them only the best for the future. On my side, I will definitely do my very best in tomorrow’s race [the Japanese GP]”, the Madrid-born driver promised. Sainz will be starting from the back owing to a 20-place grid penalty he has been handed after changing several components in the power unit.

Palmer, out

Jolyon Palmer, who knew he had no place in the Renault team for 2018, was the first to spill the beans. The British driver announced on Instagram that this Sunday’s would be his last race for Renault, with whom he has finished among the points only once this season, which has held the team back considerably.

The merry-go-round of drivers means Daniil Kvyat will go back to Toro Rosso, where h will form a pairing with Pierre Gasly, who had stood in for him these last two races.