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F1 Spanish GP: Kvyat 'demoted' to Toro Rosso for season

Daniil Kvyat will return to the Toro Rosso team he made his F1 debut with in 2014 following the decision to replace him with Max Verstappen.
Daniil Kvyat will return to the Toro Rosso team he made his F1 debut with in 2014 following the decision to replace him with Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

The Russian stepped up to the Red Bull 'A Team' in 2015 as a replacement for the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel, but while he has managed two podiums since then and out-scored Daniel Ricciardo last year, it hasn't been enough to prevent him being ousted by Verstappen just four rounds into his 2016 campaign.

The move comes just a month after Kvyat scored Red Bull's only rostrum of the season thus far in China, but is also in the wake of a 'disastrous' race in Sochi when he eliminated Vettel in a lap one incident.

Kvyat will now see out the 2016 F1 season with Toro Rosso, where he will join Carlos Sainz, with highly-rated Verstappen paired with Ricciardo.

"Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential," said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Kvyat finished 15th in his first season of F1 racing with Toro Rosso in 2014, with a best finish of ninth.

by Ollie Barstow



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Taz

May 05, 2016 9:04 AM

Demoted for the rest of the season....I'd say that's it for Kvyat at RBR anyway given how tough they are on young drivers. He clearly has a lot of talent though and it would be a shame if his F1 career is over because of one crazy race....that won't go down well with Bernie's best pal Putin.

Oli

May 05, 2016 10:52 AM

Button just tweeted as well to say how crazy this is. Even by F1 standards, it's brutal. Great drive for a podium in China, has two bad corners in Russia and gets sacked. I like Max V but I will laugh my **** off if Daniil starts outpacing him in an STR, just because it will show Red Bull that snap judgements are crazy.



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