Daniil Kvyat may be facing trouble at Red Bull following the Russian Grand Prix accident. It seems Red Bull Racing is not letting Kvyat off following the contact he had with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, which sent Vettel crashing into the barriers. The team’s post race report was clear, they got “no reward in Russia” at all, with both drivers failing to score any points from the race.
Meanwhile, Motorsport caught up with Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, who made it clear that recent events displeased him strongly. Marko explained, “Braking too late once and hitting another car would be acceptable in front of his home crowd, but this doesn’t apply for the second crash.”
Moreover, Marko admitted that compared to Vettel’s reaction in China following the Shanghai incident, Vettel had every right to be mad this time. “In contrast to Shanghai I understand him completely this time. He is right,” Marko said.
Marko also revealed that Vettel had asked Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to talk to Kvyat following the incident. Regarding this advice, Marko revealed, “Yes, I said one word to him. The rest still has to be said.”
Following the incident, two drivers have been very vocal about demanding an apology from Kvyat. As Vettel retired from the race, the four-time world champion remarked, “If anyone needs to talk to anyone, I think it’s him [Kvyat]…”
Meanwhile, Kvyat admitted, “I think we will speak [with Vettel and Ricciardo], that’s all we can do. Everyone will attack me, but I’m okay with that.”
According to a report from Autoweek, Kvyat has since phoned the German to express his apologies. Meanwhile, Eurosport reports that Kvyat’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo is demanding for an apology, too. Kvyat’s first contact with Vettel’s car actually sent the Ferrari hitting Ricciardo’s Red Bull from the side.
When asked if he wanted an apology from Kvyat, Ricciardo replied, “Yes, to a few people. He owes it to a few people today, so, yeah, let’s see.”
Meanwhile, it seems Kvyat’s future with Red Bull has become uncertain following the incident in Sochi. It is rumored that Max Verstappen will be joining the team in 2017. And so, it seems that Kvyat may be out of the driver’s seat by next year.