Red Bull makes cuts to junior team

Red Bull Racing has made cuts to its junior team, halving the number of drivers from six to three for 2014. Carlos Sainz Junior is the only driver to remain on the programme.0628LW1D1662

Sainz, who raced in GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 this season, will be joined by European Formula 3 frontrunner and 2013 Macau GP race winner Alex Lynn and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Pierre Gasly.

From the junior team’s 2013 line-up, Tom Blomqvist, Callan O’Keeffe and Beitske Visser have all been dropped. Meanwhile Daniil Kvyat has been promoted to F1 with Toro Rosso and Antonio Felix da Costa has been appointed as Red Bull Racing’s reserve driver, alongside Sebastien Buemi, for 2014.

Lynn will race in the GP3 series in 2014 for Carlin and said on joining Red Bull’s junior team: “I think that it is obviously fantastic to be privileged enough to join the team that has produced so many Formula One drivers and that includes the greatest driver of our generation so far.

“In terms of car performance it is obviously a faster car but I believe that I can take the experience that I have gathered in the last two years in Formula 3 and in Formula Renault and do a good job as quickly as possible in GP3. I think that with the strength of the Carlin team and my experience we should be able to do a good job straight away.”

Sainz will contest in the Formula Renault 3.5 series next season, driving for reigning champions DAMS. Gasly will also race in the F1 feeder series, driving for the Arden team. He believes he can challenge for the title in his debut year: “It is the best news that I could have at the end of the season because for next year I have all the best people around me to focus on my performance.

“For next year I think that the goal is clear, I have seen from this year and previous seasons that it is possible to do a good job in the first season so the goal is to win the championship.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

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