Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz believes that there are currently two different categories in F1 due to the top three teams of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull being a cut above the rest this season. Sainz has finished in the top ten seven times so far this year with his best result coming in Monaco - sixth position.
He believes that the “two different categories” in F1 has come about since the new technical regulations have been introduced and feels the issue could get worse due to the superior funds the top three teams have at their disposal.
"I want to think the gap will be closed a bit, and I do think it's a massive difference, a difference that's way too big," he said of the gap between the leading trio and the rest. "On the other hand the gap has just increased this year, throughout the year Mercedes and Ferrari have run away because they have more resources, more money to develop.
"In my opinion at the moment we have two different categories in Formula 1 and it's not what Formula 1 should be about, you know, so hopefully it's something that will not happen next year. For us, as a midfield team, we don't even look at what Mercedes is doing, as it's just a different category at the moment."
Red Bull is third in the championship with 184 points with Force India trailing 83 points adrift with 101. Sainz’s team Toro Rosso have scored 39 points so far in 2017 sitting sixth in the standings behind Williams who are 2 points ahead. Toro Rosso is 10 points clear of Haas in seventh.