Sainz to replace Palmer at Renault from Austin

Carlos Sainz CRASHES during Japanese Grand Prix practice and faces grid penalty

Now, that move will finally happen following Formula One's Japanese Grand Prix.

In his 15 races this year in Toro Rosso, Sainz has achieved more points (48) than two drivers Renault-Hulkenberg 34 and Palmer 8-.

As a result of the switch, Toro Rosso have confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will be brought back in alongside Pierre Gasly for the U.S. race.

Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, for which Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole, will be Jolyon Palmer's last for Renault.

Therefore, Sainz is disputing in Japan his last race with Toro Rosso and debuts dressed in yellow in Austin (October 22), advancing agreement that was originally planned for next season.

The British driver said that although he would have liked to have stayed with Renault 'till the end of the season, he respects the decision that it was time for him to go before the final races.

"When I'm heading back on the plane maybe it will sink in that I'm not driving for Renault again and maybe not in Formula 1 again".

"How disappointing, this wasn't the way I wanted to end my time with Toro Rosso, that's for sure", said Sainz Jr.


"We look forward to beating him on track". "I think this chance gives me the opportunity to get to know everyone inside the team, start working with my engineers, try to adapt the auto to myself and myself to the vehicle".

"On my side, I will definitely do my very best in tomorrow's race... this would be the best possible send-off!"

The Brit was going to be replaced by Carlos Sainz, but why hang around for the inevitable?

"Toro Rosso is made up of a fantastic group of people and I wish them only the best for the future".

While his auto has been riddled with reliability issues, he has also made several costly driver errors and he has recorded just one points finish, at the Singapore GP.

Watch the Japanese GP LIVE ONLY on Sky Sports F1 this weekend.

But it was also the first official retirement at Suzuka for three years - stretching back to Jules Bianchi's tragic fatal accident in the wet during the 2014 race.

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