Carlos Sainz says he is happy to make the switch to Renault earlier than originally planned.

Actually, the Spaniard said recently that he preferred to spend the rest of the season with Toro Rosso before starting afresh with his new Renault adventure in 2018.

But then a sudden deal was reached between Renault and Jolyon Palmer whereby the Briton exits his seat immediately to make room for Sainz’s debut in Austin next weekend.

“I heard about it from my manager only half an hour before the announcement,” Sainz told Auto Motor und Sport.

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