Sainz Jr patient amid reports Vergne might keep drive

After admitting to being shocked at missing out on the opportunity to race for Toro Rosso next season, Carlos Sainz Jr potentially has another shot at the seat but says he remains patient whilst awaiting a decision.

It looked as though Max Verstappen would join Daniil Kvyat for 2015, but with Sebastian Vettel announcing a shock departure from parent team Red Bull and Kvyat's subsequent promotion, a seat has become available at the Faenza based team.

Sainz Jr is surely favourite, but recent comments from both team principal Franz Tost and team owner Dietrich Mateschitz have given Jean-Eric Vergne a lifeline after the pair admitted it might make sense to keep an experienced driver alongside rookie Verstappen.

That could scupper Sainz Jr's shot at an F1 seat next year, but the 20-year-old insists he is keeping his expectations in check to ensure he's not too disappointed should the decision go against him.

"When everybody was saying I was already sat in the Toro Rosso, I was the first to lower the expectations," he told Spain's El Confidencial.

"I was telling people I am a Red Bull driver, like any of the others and with Red Bull you never know what is going to happen.

"If you think about logic, merit, numbers and results then it would be me, but we know that in F1 things do not always go this way.

"It is necessary to be patient," he added, "because things can change very quickly."