Daniil Kvyat has said his two-race break from driving at Toro Rosso in Formula 1 has involved "a bit of silence" between himself and the team.

The 23-year-old was stepped down for the races in Malaysia and Japan in favour of Pierre Gasly, with the team citing poor performance including incidents they described as his own fault.

However, following Carlos Sainz Jr.'s move to Renault following their own dropping of Jolyon Palmer, Kvyat is back in the fray for Toro Rosso.

Kvyat revealed in an interview with the official F1 website that he had gone "cold turkey" on F1 during his absence, adding: "I didn’t follow it. Or let’s say I only followed it a bit – like qualifying in Malaysia. 

"And I followed the race edits – the most important scenes of the two races, and of course stayed in touch with the team.

"But for really going cold turkey the break was not big enough. It was more a recharging of batteries - and actually it was pretty positive."

Kvyat has been brought back into the Toro Rosso garage with Sainz's former engineers, while Brendon Hartley, standing in for Pierre Gasly, takes his previous side of the garage. In a further twist of Red Bull family fortunes, Sainz's former team is in fact Kvyat's own from his first stint at Toro Rosso in 2014. 

If that seems difficult for an outsider to follow, Kvyat said he had had very little more information on negotiations in the team, including the new Honda engine deal for 2018, and is keen to know more about his future.

"I have been away for two races so I have not been so much a part of these new developments with Honda," Kvyat said.

"There was a bit of silence, so I need to find out what the exact meaning of this.

"But as I said, before we will sit down with Helmut [Marko] and discuss the situation from all angles and then decide what best to do.

"And even if it would make a lot of sense in this new engine situation, things sometimes don’t go after what makes sense."

Kvyat's switch to Sainz's side of the garage dodges him a 25 place grid penalty for new engine components, which Hartley will serve, neutralising his debut F1 qualifying.

However, an issue on the front of Kvyat's car in FP3 has seen him only complete six laps, leaving Toro Rosso focusing on repairs ahead of qualifying later today.


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