Red Bull Racing are understood to be preparing for life after Daniil Kvyat. Russian news agency Izvestia reports on the matter, claiming ‘inside information’ from the fizzy drink company.
Dr Helmut Marko and Toro Rosso head Franz Tost were recently positive about the Russians future. Tost told F1.com 5 weeks ago, “I regard Daniil Kvyat very highly. He did a great job when he was driving for us. So in one respect we’ve lost a super talented driver in Max (Verstappen), but we got back another driver who is able to perform for us. He will score a lot of points for us”.
Now it appears opinions have changed.
“Red Bull had hoped the return to Toro Rosso would give Kvyat confidence, relieving the pressure on him,” the insider confirms. “It was expected that he would regularly score points and become an example for (Carlos) Sainz.
“But in the last seven races, Daniil has not fared well compared to his teammate, and the most recent setbacks seem to have finally convinced Helmut Marko to not renew the contract.”
When asked by F1.com for his 2017 driver line up, Tost revealed in June: “It is too early to say – but I would not mind keeping what we have. But should one of the two prefer to leave there is only one other option – Pierre Gasly. All the other drivers are too young and inexperienced”.
With Gasly set to race alongside Sainz in 2017, the future in F1 looks bleak for Daniil Kvyat. He could be heading out of Formula One, as did his compatriot – Vitaly Petrov – who is the only other Russian to drive in the sport.
Being sacked from two F1 teams in one year, is something few achieve. The only question now is whether Kvyat will see out this year, or ‘go missing’ after the summer break.