Reports are out this morning from Sky Sports and Toro Rosso. Pierre Gasly, covered here in an earlier post, will replace Daniil Kvyat for the remainder of the 2017 season; driving alongside Carlos Sainz.
“He is the next in line at Red Bull for this opportunity and he has shown that he deserves it, having taken the 2016 GP2 title and this year being very competitive in the Super Formula series in Japan. He really has a valid chance of winning the title, as he is only half a point behind the leader.
“The driver switch gives us an opportunity to make a more informed decision regarding our 2018 driver choices. For a variety of reasons, some of them due to technical problems, but others being mistakes of his own making, Daniil Kvyat has not really shown his true potential so far this year, which is why we are standing him down for the next races. This will give us the opportunity to evaluate Pierre on track during a proper race weekend,” says team boss Franz Tost.
Another stake to the heart for the Russian Kvyat, who has been in a steady free-fall since being removed from the Red Bull alongside Daniel Ricciardo, being replaced by Max Verstappen in the 2016 season. That switch was the ultimate result of a tangle with Sebastian Vettel in that year’s Russian Grand Prix.