“Not Even One Round”: Kvyat Gives Verdict on Potential Ricciardo MMA Fight

Published 06/03/2021, 5:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Many complain that F1 has become too boring a sport. With just one team and driver dominating the championship, F1 is trying out different ways to spice up the entertainment factor. One way to do so was to introduce the sprint qualifying method which fans will get to see this year. However, an out-of-the-box idea could be a UFC-style match.

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Daniel Ricciardo has bigged up his credentials in the past and reckons he could take on Daniil Kvyat. The Russian, for his part, doesn’t mind the idea but says he wouldn’t want to face his former Red Bull teammate.

Speaking on a potential match-up against Ricciardo on the ‘F1 Nation’ podcast, Kvyat said, “Me and him? Not even one round with him.”

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Only a few moments before shirking away from a fight with the McLaren man, Kvyat was confident he could take on anyone from the paddock. He had initially said, “Just give me anybody, I don’t care. Anytime, anywhere.”

Formula One F1. Eifel Grand Prix. Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany. AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat wearing a protective face mask during a press conference ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Away from all the non-F1 banter, Kvyat currently finds himself on the outside looking in. After he was dropped by AlphaTauri at the end of last season, he went on to sign as a reserve driver for Alpine. The Russian spoke about what he thinks of the first five races of the season.

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Daniil Kvyat gives his verdict on the opening rounds of F1 2021

The ex-Red Bull driver said, “I think it’s interesting in every area, in the front, in the back, in the middle. The engine’s performance finally seems like it’s extremely close between everybody. So we see some close racing. Hopefully, it’ll carry on.”

Formula One F1. Spanish Grand Prix. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

Although Daniil hasn’t got any on-track action so far, his team has done a decent job in the opening rounds. They haven’t been among the best midfield teams on the grid, but they have had some solid races, most notably in Portugal.

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Esteban Ocon has managed to outshine the two-time world champion Fernando Alonso thus far. So that’s definitely a positive, but they’ll be hoping to get closer to a top six finish soon.

Perhaps that will be achieved this weekend in Baku. Who knows?

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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