Red Bull boss Christian Horner has said the team are “still proud” of Carlos Sainz and his achievements in the 2019 season.
Sainz was part of the Red Bull programme and began his career with junior team Toro Rosso before heading out on loan to Renault.
However, a seat alongside Max Verstappen with the senior team never materialised as Red Bull opted for Pierre Gasly to replace Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the 2019 campaign.
Sainz instead headed for McLaren, where he will no doubt be on many driver of the year shortlists after a stellar season.
But Horner has said there is just pride for their former driver, rather than any regrets on not picking him this year.
“Well, I think it’s been good to see Carlos get into a good car this year and he has done a very good job,” Horner said.
“He has driven well. He has very much been the best of the rest after the group of the top three teams and he’s driven some very strong races this year.
“We elected to go our different ways but we are still proud that we gave him the opportunity to come into Formula 1 and that he’s managed to use that opportunity to carve himself out a career, albeit now with another team.”
Sainz has racked up 95 points this season with one race left in the 2019 campaign and earned his first-ever Formula 1 podium last time out in Brazil.