F1 »

F1 Canadian GP: Tost certain Kvyat will get over ‘difficult period’

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost is convinced his team can help Daniil Kvyat recover from his recent dip and expects him to return stronger.
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.
by Haydn Cobb

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.06.2016 - Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Motorsport in 30 Seconds, 11th January 2017
Ayrton Senna - McLaren. 1993 Donington Park
Nico Hulkenberg - Renault Sport F1
Renault Formula One Team, launch date, [Credit: Renault F1]
Force India reveals the launch date for its 2017 F1 challenge
Nigel Mansell - McLaren-Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
M-Sport reveals its Ford Fiesta RS WRC challenger
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.