It’s the first time since being moved abruptly to Toro Rosso that Daniil Kvyat has come out to talk to the press. He admits his future is somewhat uncertain, but he cannot really be angry at his bosses.
Kvyat was quick to admit that “warning signs were in the air” that something was amiss with regards to him and Red Bull for the past year and a half. Nonetheless, he said, “But out of the respect that I have for my bosses I cannot express any anger.”
Kvyat’s career in Formula 1 changed immediately following a race mishap during the Russian grand prix that sent Sebastian Vettel‘s Ferrari into the barriers and then-teammate Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull out of the points. Following the incident, Vettel had even walked over to Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and urged him to have a word with the Russian driver about what happened. Horner was quick to express his apologies to their former driver.
During a recent interview, Kvyat revealed that Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr. Helmut Marko did have a word with him following his disappointing Russian Grand Prix. The young Russian driver said they had a “long and productive conversation.” He also appreciated that Marko had decided to call him instead of just notifying him of the decision via SMS.
Recently, Red Bull had announced it had decided to switch its drivers around with Kvyat returning to Toro Rosso and Verstappen being promoted to a drivers seat at Red Bull. Horner said that this way, Kvyat can “continue his development” with his old team, while also allowing him to “regain his form and show his potential.”
Asked what he thinks Horner meant by that, Kvyat said, “I have no idea. I don’t know what they expect.”
During the interview, Kvyat also said he had realized that one’s future in Formula 1 depends on more than just track performance. He said, “There are many things behind the curtain, as I have learned last week. I have a very long memory and I will remember this decision that has been taken.”
As for his immediate future with Toro Rosso. Kvyat will be going after his old team, for sure. “Beating a Red Bull Racing car would be great,” he said.