Carlos Sainz settles “misunderstanding” with Red Bull in bizarre parley

Formula One Red Bull driver Carlos Sainz has reportedly avoided a PR disaster by swerving to avoid a full-on confrontation with his bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko–over a game of tennis.

To say that the atmosphere within Formula One team Toro Rosso has been tense would be a gross understatement. The air ‘round the smaller Red Bull team could be compared to a small jaunt through the eye of a hurricane–all’s well for the moment, but one inevitably finds themselves about to shit a brick.

Thankfully, said bricks have not been shat–even amidst the teammate turmoil that occurred out on the track in Silverstone when Daniil Kvyat gave his teammate Carlos Sainz yet another reason to uphold Kvyat’s nickname of “Torpedo”. The incident, coupled with Sainz’s proclamation that he would not stay at Torro Rosso for a fourth season, fanned the flames of potential dissent. Not as much as the flames of actual dissent, mind you, but still quite problematic.

Thankfully, all flames both potential and actual have been quelled by what appears to have been a lovely match of tennis. A match where one presumes that Sainz, Horner, and Marko had just a good ol’ fashioned time cracking a cold one with the boys. With Marko as the referee and Horner playing the part of teaching Sainz just how much of a chance he would have in F1 next year without them, the three managed to make amends and all is well.

“After Austria we cleared everything, clarified everything, what was said, what was not intended to be said and we explained everything to each other.

We were playing tennis [at the weekend] together, had a barbecue, enjoying our time – me versus Christian Horner and Marko was the referee. So we had a good time, the air is clear, and I’m a Red Bull driver inside the Red Bull program confirmed for Toro Rosso next year.” – Carlos Sainz

The quote from Sainz above can also be loosely translated to: “I was made aware of my significance and the leverage I wield, and have decided to remain in my place.” Of course, Sainz can hardly admit to a mistake he makes on track, so it’s not really fair for us to hold him to the expectation that he would own up to throwing a little tantrum in order to get what he wants.

The upcoming season is sure to have minimal driver movement, but even if it did – is Sainz truly ready to move up to a higher-tier team? Call it a hunch, but something tells us “not quite”.