Renault have confirmed that Carlos Sainz will partner Nico Hulkenberg for the 2018 season, as part of the various power unit agreements.
As part of the agreement for Toro Rosso to end their Renault power unit contract early – which has facilitated a move to Honda power units – Toro Rosso have agreed to loan Carlos Sainz to Renault for 2018.
The deal means that Sainz will remain part of the Red Bull family, having raced for Toro Rosso from 2015-2017.
As a result, Jolyon Palmer will part company with the Renault team at the end of the season, completing a three-year association with the team.
“Carlos Sainz is a very promising driver who has been on our radar for some time, especially after his successes in Renault junior formulae. It is positive news for us to be able to confirm Carlos for 2018,” said Renault team manager Cyril Abiteboul.
“This choice is well aligned with our mid-term strategic plans. We feel that Nico and Carlos will complement each other on and off track and the combination should help us push forwards on the grid. I would like to thank Helmut Marko for loaning Carlos to us for this period.
“We must thank Jolyon for his ongoing hard work with the team and his efforts over the past two seasons. He is a dedicated driver and we wish him the best in the next steps of his career.”
With the driver market tipped to be shaken up for the 2019 season, the deal with be beneficial for Red Bull as it allows them to keep Sainz in their roster should significant driver swaps take place.
“We are happy to have reached an agreement for Carlos to drive for Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2018,” said Red Bull motorsport consultant Dr Helmut Marko.
“He is a tremendous talent and he will benefit from working with a manufacturer team alongside a highly experienced driver. This will give Carlos a different challenge and we will be keenly watching his progress there as he remains part of the Red Bull family.
“This is very good development for both Carlos and Renault Sport Formula One Team and will also allow us to bring a new talent into Formula One.”