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.”