Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is not particularly happy with Carlos Sainz putting himself in the shop window for the 2018 season.
Sainz revealed to the press on Thursday that it was “unlikely” he would remain at Toro Rosso for a fourth year, with rumours of a move to McLaren gathering pace.
However, following the conclusion of FP1 in Spielberg, Horner disclosed some contract details about the Spaniard.
“We’ve taken the option on Carlos Sainz and he will be in a Toro Rosso next year,” Horner said to Sky Sports F1.
“It makes no sense loaning him out. I don’t know where he thinks he’ll be next year.
“It’s a bit disingenuous saying stuff like that. Without Red Bull he wouldn’t be in Formula 1.”
Sainz’s ultimate aim is to be driving for Red Bull, but Horner also confirmed that the opportunity would not be there for him next season.
He added: “Our plans for next year is that our cars will have the same numbers on them next year. Both drivers will be with us 100 per cent.”