Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost is convinced his team can help Daniil Kvyat recover from his recent dip and expects him to come back strong over the second half of the season.
After the highs of grabbing Red Bull's first rostrum of 2016 in China, and holding his corner in a feisty clash with Sebastian Vettel, the Russian dropped out of favour with the team after shunting into Vettel at the next race in Sochi.
With the rapid progression of Max Verstappen, the pair were switched teams with Kvyat returning to Toro Rosso, and the 22-year-old's mental resolve has come under fire.
The pressure was heightened in Monaco when he raged at his team for a technical issue at the start of the race under the safety car after being forced to pit for a new steering wheel.
Looking to make amends, Kvyat's race ended when he collided with Kevin Magnussen at the penultimate turn on lap 18. The Russian was judged the guilty party in the accident and has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Tost says Toro Rosso has been very supportive with Kvyat and is confident the speed and skill which earned the young driver a graduation to Red Bull after just one year with his team in 2014 can help the 22-year-old reignite his season.
“I must say that Daniil has recovered very fast,” Tost said. “He is quite happy to be in the team. He got more and more familiar with the car and the team and I expect a very good second half of the season from him.
“If you're in Formula One, it's not always going up, sometimes there are some obstacles and you have to find a solution how to jump over them. Daniil has come back to us, he feels well in the team, he knows nearly all the engineers and what we have to provide him with is a competitive car.
“He has to come over this difficult period. We have to support him from the mental side and I think the team is pushing hard. I am convinced Daniil will come back with a smile on his face.”
Due to his three-place grid penalty carried over from Monaco, Kvyat will start the Canadian Grand Prix from 16th, one place behind Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz who crashed in the 'Wall of Champions' during Q2 of qualifying.