Toro Rosso have confirmed Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat will remain at the team for the 2017 season.
It will be the third straight season at the ‘Red Bull B Team’ for the highly talented Spanish driver, with Daniil Kvyat also returning after being demoted by Red Bull from the main team back to Toro Rosso.
Confirming the news on Saturday, Team Principal Franz Tost said: “It makes a change to announce our driver line-up relatively early. There are so many new elements coming to Formula 1 in general and to our team specifically, in terms of the change of power unit supplier, that having the same two drivers gives us stability and a benchmark to work from.
“For Carlos, it will be his third year with us, which speaks volumes when it comes to how highly we rate him.
“In recent races, it has been clear that Daniil is back on top form. I always told him that his future with us was in his hands and he has stepped up to the mark and delivered the sort of performances that have ensured his 2017 seat in the STR 12.
“We now have a very talented and strong driver pairing to tackle a season in which we expect to be very competitive.”
Toro Rosso will return to using a ‘current specification’ Renault engine in 2017, the same as the main Red Bull team once again, after a season of using year-old Ferrari engines.