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Alonso backs Sainz Jr for F1 seat

Monday 25-August-2014 15:37

Fernando Alonso believes it won't be long before we see Carlos Sainz Jr on the Formula 1 grid.

The Red Bull Junior Team driver was widely expected to secure a seat with Toro Rosso next year, but STR have confirmed that 16-year-old Max Verstappen will partner Daniil Kvyat in 2015.

Sainz Jr has also held discussions with Caterham about securing a race-seat this season, but nothing has come of the talks so far.

Alonso, though, is confident it is only a matter of time before his Spanish compatriot "arrives" in F1.

"I was thinking and many people thought that he could be in Toro Rosso next year. But he will arrive in Formula One sooner or later," the double world champion said at Spa

"He has the talent, he has the mentality, the right approach and he's 19. Now it seems old, after the last news, but with 19 years and leading the (Renault) world series and winning all the Championships that he raced, he will arrive."

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