Kvyat seals Toro Rosso return for 2019

Russian Grand Prix – Toro Rosso have confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will compete for the team in the 2019 season, replacing the promoted Pierre Gasly.

The Russian driver has been given a third stint at the team having initially made his Toro Rosso debut back in 2014.

He was promoted to Red Bull for 2015 following the departure of Sebastian Vettel to Ferrari, and took a best finish of second place at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

However, he was demoted back to Toro Rosso part-way through 2016, facilitating the promotion of Max Verstappen to Red Bull.

He raced alongside Carlos Sainz for the rest of 2016 and most of 2017, but fell out of favour with the team after some combative races and was not retained for 2018.

With the Red Bull driver academy seemingly low on viable options for next season, they’ve opted to recall Kvyat to a race seat.

“First of all, I would like to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this opportunity to race in Formula 1 again and I am particularly pleased to be returning to a team I know very well,” said Kvyat.

“Toro Rosso has always made me feel at home and I’m sure it will still be the same next season. I would also like to thank Ferrari for trusting my driving skills which allowed me to stay connected to F1 as their development driver.

“Even if my duties were primarily simulator based, I’ve learnt a lot, and I now feel stronger and better prepared than when I left Toro Rosso.

“I never gave up hope of racing again, I am still young and I have kept in good shape to always be prepared in case another opportunity presented itself. I will give my best to deliver what the team expects from me and I can’t wait for everything to start again.”

The lack of options at Toro Rosso may mean that Brendon Hartley is kept on for 2019 despite comparing unfavourably to Pierre Gasly.

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