RED Bull chief Christian Horner has indicated Carlos Sainz is available at the right price – but reiterated neither Daniel Ricciardo nor Max Verstappen can be bought out of their contracts.
Renault have scoffed at reports the Toro Rosso driver could replace Jolyon Palmer as early as next week’s Hungarian GP.
But with Verstappen and Ricciardo tied to Red Bull for 2018, Horner has admitted for the first time that Sainz, who is himself contracted to the Red Bull group until the end of 2019, could leave – if the price is right.
“Sainz has a contract with Red Bull and there are two years left on that contract,” said Horner. “We value him as an asset and an asset has a value. So if there was a desire from another team to have him, or for him to go somewhere else, something that has a value has to have a price attached.
“If somebody was prepared to make an offer, we would, of course, consider it. But it would need to have a significant value attached because we have invested in Carlos. We are not just going to give an asset away.”