It has been reported in the German media that Red Bull has severed ties with its driver, Carlos Sainz Jr. As a consequence, the Spaniard is no longer involved in the future of the Austrian team.

At least that’s what Auto Bild has claimed, saying that his outright criticism of Red Bull and Toro Rosso in recent weeks in a number of different interviews was what led to such a decision.

This paves the way for Sainz to move to Renault, despite holding a contract with Toro Rosso for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Currently, Renault’s managing director Cyril Abiteboul and Red Bull’s Helmut Marko are negotiating a deal to get Sainz out of his Toro Rosso contract. However, it appears that the Enstone-based team would have to raise at least $8 million for this move to be completed.

If Renault manages to raise this money, Sainz would replace Jolyon Palmer at the team for the Hungarian Grand Prix and will partner Nico Hulkenberg, while Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly would replace Sainz at Toro Rosso.

“If a driver does not want to stay, if the love is extinguished, you cannot force a contract with contracts, you should let go,” said Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz when talking to Auto Bild at the Austrian Grand Prix last week.

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