The Red Bull juniors have been the strongest junior squad in the premier class for some time. This is also shown by a look at the starting grid for the Formula 1 2022 season, because among the drivers there are seven who have sprung from the Red Bull youth forge.
Carlos Sainz, who played his first years in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso and switched to Ferrari last season after stints at Renault and McLaren is one of them. He could have had a career with Red Bull if it hadn’t been a Max Verstappen teammate.
Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko explains to the Austrian ‘Autorevue’: “Sainz had that Bad luck to meet Verstappen in the decisive season.” The Dutchman was Sainz’s teammate during the 2015 season, when he was promoted to Red Bull after just four races.
“We know that he’s super fast right from the start already seen at the first take a look at Silverstone,” says Marko about Sainz. “He was snappy at the same level as Verstappen. Rapid. But when we had the choice between Verstappen and Sainz, it was clear.”