Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has confirmed the Russian ‘Red Bull Athlete’ Daniil Kvyat has been permanently replaced at Toro Rosso for the remainder of this season, effectively ending his F1 career.
Gasly and Hartley had already been confirmed for the GP in Mexico but according to Germany’s Auto Bild it seems ‘The Torpedo’ Kvyat won’t be driving again. That nickname was earned when driving with Danny Ricciardo at Red Bull Racing in 2016 after numerous dives and resultant crashes whilst attempting to pass the car ahead. The most notable recipient of a ‘Torpedo from the rear’ being Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. He was promptly dropped to Toro Rosso and replaced with Max Verstappen.
“Kvyat will not return again,” Marko told Germany’s Auto Bild.
“We do not believe he can make the turnaround in the long term.”
Marko also confirmed that the Hartley Gasly pairing would remain in place for the final three races of 2017.
“Gasly and Hartley will finish the season,” he said. “Then we’ll see what happens.”