Carlos Sainz to stay with Toro Rosso F1 team in 2017

Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso seen in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on June 30, 2016 in Spielberg, Austria.

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Red Bull has confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr. will stay on at Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2017.

While the news is no great surprise, given that the Spaniard had a long term deal with the drinks company, it would appear to put an end to any prospect of Ferrari head-hunting the Spaniard – although as ever, anything can happen in the world of F1 contracts.

Speaking on Twitter, Sainz said: “Very happy to be signed by Toro Rosso for next year! But [it’s] time to focus in 2016 season as there is still a lot of unfinished business.”

Dany Kvyat remains well placed to remain in the other seat unless Red Bull’s GP2 protégé Pierre Gasly can stake a claim in the coming months.