Giovinazzi in the dark over Kyvat’s role

Date published: January 18 2018

Antonio Giovinazzi says he has no idea what new development driver Daniil Kvyat will be doing at Ferrari as he will continue on as the team’s official reserve driver.

Last week Ferrari announced that Kvyat, dropped from the Red Bull family in 2017, had signed on as the “Scuderia Ferrari’s development driver.”

What exactly that role will entail, though, is uncertain.

With Giovinazzi hinting that he will continue on as the team’s official test driver, he says he may or may not work alongside Kvyat – he really doesn’t know.

“I’ve raced with him back in karting,” Giovinazzi told Express Sport.

“He’ll be there in Ferrari but I don’t know the programme of him.

“Maybe [I’ll work with him] but I don’t know.”

Red Bull in the dark over Kvyat’s lost form

Date published: January 17 2018

Having dropped Daniil Kvyat from their line-up last season, Helmut Marko insists Red Bull have no idea why his form slumped and therefore were unable to help him.

Kvyat made his Toro Rosso debut in 2014 and impressed to the point that he was promoted to a Red Bull Racing seat come 2015.
However, that was short-lived.

Struggling for pace and making too many errors, he was demoted back to Toro Rosso in the wake of the 2016 Russian GP – a grand prix in which he caused a first lap collision.

Despite his demotion, he was retained for the 2017 season only to be dropped from Toro Rosso, and the Red Bull family as a whole, after the United States GP.

“Unfortunately we don’t know why,” Marko said of Kvyat’s slump.

“Maybe because of that we couldn’t cure it.

“In his first year in F1 he was a revelation, often being quicker than Ricciardo – that’s why we moved him to Red Bull Racing.

“But then suddenly his curve started to run south.

“This happens sometimes unfortunately.

“We gave him more than one fair chance, but he could not use his potential.

“That’s how it sometimes goes.”

Kvyat has joined Ferrari as their development driver for the 2018 season.

Ferrari sign Kvyat as 2018 development driver

Date published: January 11 2018

Daniil Kvyat has been handed a Formula 1 lifeline by Ferrari, signing as their development driver for the 2018 season.

Dropped by Toro Rosso and the Red Bull family as a whole after last year’s United States GP, Kvyat turned to Williams seeking a race-seat.

That, though, failed to materialise with the team reportedly set to sign his compatriot Sergey Sirotkin.

And with Sirotkin’s drive all but confirmed, completing the 2018 grid, Kvyat was forced to look at other sources for employment.

Ferrari have announced that they have signed him as their development drive, a role that means simulator work and possible on-track testing.

It does, however, keep Kvyat in Formula 1 with a possibility of reclaiming a race-seat down the line.

Marko: Kvyat more talented than current STR drivers

Date published: December 16 2017

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Daniil Kvyat had more natural talent than Toro Rosso duo Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly, but “something happened to him mentally”.

Kvyat started his Formula 1 career with Toro Rosso in 2014 and was promoted to Red Bull for the 2015 season, but he was demoted after four races in the 2016 campaign with the team opting to give Max Verstappen a chance.

He returned to Toro Rosso for 2017, but was dropped again at the backend of the campaign and released by the Red Bull driver programme.

The team have decided to go with the Hartley-Gasly partnership for next year.

When asked by Autosport if he thought Kvyat had more talent than the current STR drivers, he replied: “Yes, I completely agree. Unfortunately he just showed it in his first year with Toro Rosso and in his first year with Red Bull Racing.

“After that his performance drastically went down. He had brake and tyre issues, that [Daniel] Ricciardo didn’t have.

“In short, something happened to him mentally. He lost his speed and his ease. We don’t know [what it was].

“We tried many things, but his speed just wouldn’t come back. Unfortunately we have no idea what happened.

“There were also too many accidents at the start of a race, and he didn’t react too well to it either.

“He retreated into his shell and didn’t want anybody to tell him what to do.”

Massa: Finances will decide Williams seat

Date published: December 15 2017

Felipe Massa has revealed Williams are going to be predominantly swayed by finances when choosing Lance Stroll’s team-mate for 2018.

Sergey Sirotkin, backed by a sponsorship deal worth a reported £15million, is said to be the favourite for the role with Daniil Kvyat, another Russian driver with strong financial backing viewed as the back-up.

Robert Kubica, meanwhile, does not boast the same level of finances, but Massa thinks the Pole is still in contention to replace him.

“The path of the team is financial, including Kubica, so it does not surprise me,” Massa told Autosport.

“But I don’t know what will happen, I’m not following the team now.

“My thoughts are in other things and what I’m doing from now, and it’s not F1 anymore.”

Since retiring from Formula 1, Massa has wasted no time in persuing his other interests. He will take part in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship opener in April and has also joined the FIA as the new head of the Karting Commission.

Tost: Kvyat deserves another chance in F1

Date published: December 12 2017

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost hopes Daniil Kvyat gets another chance in Formula 1 after being axed from the Red Bull driver programme.

The Russian was initially dropped by the Red Bull junior team ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix in favour of Pierre Gasly, but scored a point on his return at the United States Grand Prix.

However, soon after the race, it was confirmed Kvyat was to be dropped altogether from the Red Bull family and Toro Rosso would be going forward with Gasly and Brendon Hartley for the 2018 season.

It is believed that Kvyat is now a back-up option for the vacant Williams seat should a deal with Sergey Sirotkin fall through, and Tost thinks he deserves to have another opportunity to showcase his talent.

“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed,” Tost told the official Formula 1 website.

“He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him.

“He was involved in many incidents – but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence.

“Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show. Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.”

Tost also elaborated on what Kvyat’s main weakness and how that contributed to him being shown the door.

He added: “Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point.

“He wanted too much in the first hundred metres – success by any means! That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works. I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”

Ricciardo: Kvyat just needs a reboot

Date published: December 3 2017

Daniel Ricciardo reckons Daniil Kvyat could benefit from a year out of Formula 1 as it looks as if the Russian racer won’t be on next year’s grid.

Kvyat was dropped by Toro Rosso after his point-scoring United States Grand Prix, bringing to an end four tumultuous years with the Red Bull family.

Kvyat made his debut with Toro Rosso in 2014 before being promoted to Red Bull a year later.

However, a wretched start to 2016 saw him drop back down to Toro Rosso before losing his seat following this year’s United States GP.

And although he has been linked to Williams’ one vacant seat, it looks as if Kvyat will lose out on that leaving him without a drive for 2018.

“I think if Daniil misses a season, it could even do him good,” F1i.com quotes Ricciardo as having told Tass.

“He just needs a reboot.

“I am confident that leaving Red Bull will even do him good.

“He is naturally very talented, which I recognised well when we were teammates. He was often very fast,” the Australian added.

“He’s also still very young and I think still has a chance to prove himself in Formula One.”