Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost says he is expecting Carlos Sainz Jr. to remain with the outfit into 2017, and hopes Daniil Kvyat will also be retained.
Sainz Jr. has been backed by Red Bull throughout his single-seater career and graduated to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in 2015.
Sainz Jr.'s opportunities with Red Bull appear limited, as both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are signed on long-term deals.
However, Tost is confident that Red Bull will keep Sainz Jr. at the junior squad in 2017.
"It looks like and I personally hope that this is the case that Carlos Sainz Jr. will stay with Toro Rosso," he is quoted by NBC Sports. "I think this will be confirmed soon.
"It's also a good possibility for Carlos to show his talent and I hope that our car next year is very competitive that he will not find any disadvantages compared to another team."
Kvyat returned to Toro Rosso last month after being demoted from Red Bull and Tost reckons the young Russian deserves another shot next year.
"Personally I would hope that also Daniil will stay with us because he is a really good driver, but he has to feel well," he concluded.