Daniil Kvyat lost his seat at Toro Rosso. His place is taken by Pierre Gasly. The young Frenchman, who won the GP2 series last year, will be debuting at Malaysia’s GP this weekend.
“Kvyat did not show what he is capable of this year, due in part to technical problems, but also to his own mistakes. That’s why we are replacing him with Pierre Gasly,” said Torro Rosso team principal Franz Tost. He continued to add that Kvyat’s replacement does not mean he’s leaving too. “He remains part of the Red Bull family.”
This year, Kvyat scored 4 points in the championship and underperformed compared to his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz, who scored 48 points.
It’s not the first time Kvyat loses his seat. Previously, the Russian driver had to vacate his position at Red Bull Racing for Max Verstappen.
This must be the end of Daniil’s F1 career. He already had major problems coping with his demotion from RBR’s main force. Having to live with this happening twice, would border to the impossible.
One might ask what value lies in the remark that Daniil will not leave the Red Bull family. Adding that to the fact that an age of 25 is compulsory to be interesting for other teams (and Daniil is 23), we estimate his chances to find another team are slim.
While this must be super-disappointing for Daniil, this does open up space for the 2018 seat carousel, as Sainz will be leaving for Renault. If Gasly remains, a single Torro seat would still be open. Re-enter Daniil? I doubt it.