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Toro Rosso set to confirm Daniil Kvyat return
Toro Rosso is expected to confirm the return of former driver Daniil Kvyat during this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso has yet to confirm either of its drivers for 2019. Pierre Gasly is set to make the move up to Red Bull to replace Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo, while Brendon Hartley’s future remains uncertain. Kvyat was picked up by Ferrari in a developmental role at the start of the season, but will be back for a third stint with Toro Rosso next season, with confirmation due later in the weekend of his home race.
Both Red Bull’s start at the back of Russian GP
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) September 27, 2018
Verstappen reveals C-spec Renault engine can’t run at high altitude
“Our C-spec cannot run in high altitude in Mexico and Brazil, so we always knew since we took the C-spec on that we had to take another B at one point,” Verstappen said.
“I think this is the best place to do it, also to have more spare parts in case something breaks down.”
“The C-spec has a bit more power in qualifying, but it’s the same or maybe a little slower in the race,” Verstappen said.
“but it’s all about qualifying. We would always want to take another tenth or 1.5 tenths if the engine gives it to you. That’s why we decided to take the C-spec.”
“Back to fifth and sixth normally, that’s our target. I think pace-wise, we anyway should get there,” Verstappen said.
“It just depends how easily you can overtake on this track. We’ll focus of course maybe a little bit more on a long run than a short run, and then try to set up the car in a good way.”