Kvyat likely to be dropped at end of 2016

It is reportedly unlikely that Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat will have his contract renewed for next season.

Izvestia, the Russian news agency, claims that Red Bull has no intention to renew the Russian’s contract for the 2016 racing season.

The agency cited the information of a source that is close to the company, and although Helmut Marko seemed positive about Kvyat’s future, this account makes that seem less certain.

Red Bull had hoped the return to Toro Rosso would embolden Kvyat, relieving the pressure on him,” the source apparently said.

It was expected that he would score point regularly and become an example for [teammate Carlos] Sainz. But in the last seven races, Daniil appeared very uneasy against his teammate, and the most recent setbacks seemed to have convinced Helmut Marko not to renew the contract.

The news agency also claimed that young French driver Pierre Gasly seems the favourite to replace Kvyat. Gasly won the 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, and is currently driving in GP2. Last season, he was the reserve driver for Red Bull Racing. Kvyat is also apparently on the list of drivers who could have a Williams seat in 2017, although it has been suggested that McLaren’s Jenson Button has been offered a seat, should he take it.

Red Bull refused to comment on this claim.

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