Russian driver Daniil Kvyat made his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso in 2014. He was hired in place of Daniel Ricciardo, who was in turn promoted to senior team, Red Bull. A year later, he was promoted to the sister team, after Sebastian Vettel’s departure to Ferrari. In Hungary that year, he picked up a maiden podium and was going from strength to strength.
However, come 2016, things changed dramatically for the young Russian. He did little to endear himself to fellow competitors with his overly aggressive stance. Things then came to a head at his home race in Sochi, where he punted out Vettel’s Ferrari. Having had enough, Red Bull performed the old switcheroo and promoted rising young talent, Max Verstappen at the next race, which he promptly won.
Now, it seems that the gods are smiling down on Daniil Kvyat once again. However, Red Bull motorsport advisor, Dr Helmut Marko, issues warning to the 24-year old. He revealed that this will be Kvyat’s last chance to prove that he has what it takes to stay in Formula One.
Kvyat has officially return to Toro Rosso for the coming season and will partner Thai rookie, Alexander Albon. However, interestingly, the Russian driver has not ruled out a return to the big sister team. He even spoke of his camaraderie with Dutchman Max Verstappen and the likelihood of working alongside him.
“I get along very well with Max,” Kvyat admitted, speaking to Dutch publication racingnews365.
“I have a lot of respect for what he did in formula one, at such a young age too. It sounds attractive anyway. And it would be a great challenge.”
“First things first: I am now with Toro Rosso, the people here deserve the best from me so I now give them everything,” he said. “I cannot think about the next step yet.”
“But to answer the question, of course I want that.”
For now, Kvyat, teammate Albon and Toro Rosso will be looking forward to the season opening Australian GP this weekend.