Horner feels Kyvat ‘deserves’ second chance

Date published: October 3 2018

Kvyat penalised for last lap incident with Hulkenberg

Back in the Red Bull family as a 2019 Toro Rosso driver, Christian Horner says it will be “interesting” to see what Daniil Kvyat can do.

Last week Toro Rosso announced Kvyat as one of their two drivers for the 2019 season, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the Russian driver.

Kvyat previous raced for Toro Rosso in 2014 before he was promoted to a Red Bull seat the following season.

However, disappointing results and one error too many saw him dropped from the team during the 2016 season, demoted back to Toro Rosso.

That didn’t go well and although he was retained for 2017, he was eventually axed late in the season.

He found refuge at Ferrari as a development driver but kept in touch with Horner, who ultimately decided the 24-year-old deserves a second shot.

“It’s a good thing for Dany,” the Red Bull boss told Sky F1.

“I spent some time with him over the summer. He’s in a good space, and I think he’s had time to go away from Formula 1, from the limelight of Formula 1 and reflect.

“It was a big thing for him in 2016 when he got effectively dropped from the senior team to the junior team, and I don’t think he ever got his head fully around that.

“I think actually a bit of time away, a bit of reflection… he’s got the speed. He’s won championships for us in GP3. 2015, he had some very good races.

“I think he deserves a second chance, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can do.”

Kvyat’s team-mate has yet to be revealed with Brendon Hartley still in the running despite failing to match the Red Bull-bound Pierre Gasly.

Toro Rosso have ruled out signing soon-to-be-ex McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne as Helmut Marko says he is not fast enough for F1.

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