Nov.22 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Antonio Felix da Costa, a former Red Bull-backed F1 hopeful, says Carlos Sainz jr now deserves his chance in formula one.

Portuguese da Costa, who came close to a Toro Rosso seat this year but ultimately lost out to Daniil Kvyat, now races in the DTM series and this weekend is making his Formula E debut in Malaysia for Aguri Suzuki’s team.

It is believed Toro Rosso is weighing up between Spaniard Sainz, who is the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion, Jean-Eric Vergne or newly-crowned GP3 champion Alex Lynn for the seat alongside Max Verstappen in 2015.

“I don’t know what will happen,” said da Costa, “but Carlos deserves the seat more than anyone else.

“My time was last year,” he told the Spanish news agency EFE, “but now it’s the time for Carlos. What more does he need to do to be given that seat?”

Another former Red Bull protege now in Formula E is Jaime Alguersuari, who says he is not surprised Sainz’s future remains so unclear.

“In formula one, nothing at all surprises me,” said the former Toro Rosso driver.

“When you think one thing, another thing happens — the opposite. You never really know the interests behind everything, and not just money. Everything counts,” Alguersuari added.