Having taken his seat at Toro Rosso for potentially the rest of this season, Pierre Gasly does not think contacting Daniil Kvyat would help his ‘tough situation’.

Gasly was called up to Toro Rosso in replace of Kvyat for the Malaysia Grand Prix after a run of poor results which culminated in the Russian driver crashing out of the Singapore race.

Gasly, who is half a point off of the Super Formula championship lead in Japan, says he appreciates Kvyat is at a difficult point in his F1 career but doesn’t feel speaking to him would help the ex-Red Bull driver.

"You need to put yourself in his position. I think it's quite difficult and tough for him at the moment so I'm not sure it would be the best thing to send him a message," Gasly said. "I don't see exactly what I can bring him. I'm not here to make it even more painful than it is."

Gasly had said he felt sorry for the Russian's second demotion during interviews on Thursday and described Kvyat as a friend who he expected to see again in the Paddock but that all he could do was focus on his own role in the team.

"I'm just trying to focus on my job, it's going to be my future - I want my future to be in this paddock so the only thing I can do is focus and put all my energy on this aspect,” he said. "And I don't think there is anything positive from my side for him.

"I will talk together, if he wants to speak then I'll be open you know, he is a friend and it's going well for me whereas it is quite a tough situation for him. As I say, he is a friend and I would not be surprised to see him again in the Paddock but we will see what will happen."

Toro Rosso said Gasly would replace Kvyat for 'the next Grands Prix' without stating the exact number of races but it is believed if the French driver impresses enough he could remain in the race seat for the remainder of 2017. The United States Grand Prix clashes with the Super Formula season finale at Suzuka but Gasly says he'd be willing to skip the round to secure his F1 future.



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