Carlos Sainz says he is hoping Toro Rosso will have its future assured in the not too distant future as it looks set to take a Ferrari engine supply for 2016.
With parent team Red Bull still seemingly no closer to solving its own engine crisis, as a consequence Toro Rosso's place on the grid also remains very much under threat with no firm deal in place for 2016 and just four races of the 2015 season remaining.
Nonetheless, while Red Bull has few clear options, Toro Rosso is understood to have been offered a deal by Ferrari, though it remains to be seen whether this will manifest into an up to date specification engine or whether it will potentially receive a year-old unit.
Despite the uncertainty, race drivers Sainz and Max Verstappenn maintain they are positive the situation will be resolved soon, with the Spaniard teasing that a deal could be firmed up 'this week or next week'.
“Everyone is quite calm about it,” he said when asked what the atmosphere is like in the team at the moment. “We haven't signed the contract but I think everything is pointing in the right direction. It is just a matter of time, hopefully sooner rather than later we sign a contract and we can start working on next year.
“I really hope we can sign something this week or next week, then we can all switch our focus 100 per cent.”
Indeed, Verstappen is also relaxed, but admits he would like to see a deal signed soon or risk compromising Toro Rosso's preparations for the 2016 season.
“I am very positive that we will be here next year, I am not that worried. We just have to figure out which engine and we have to do it soon because we will be in trouble for the first test next year. We will just have to wait.”