Kvyat: F1 not only what you do on the track


Daniil Kvyat believes there was more behind his recent demotion than what happened on the track, but what exactly it was he’s not saying.

In the wake of a wretched Russian GP, where his antics put Sebastian Vettel out of the grand prix and his own team-mate Daniel Ricciardo into the pits for repairs, Red Bull announced that Kvyat would be returning to Toro Rosso.

The Russian racer was demoted to the junior team while 18-year-old Max Verstappen was promoted in the opposite direction.

The decision came as a shock to many, Kvyat included, as one race earlier he had been on the podium, claiming the team’s first top-three result of the season.

He told Autosport: “Formula 1 is not only what you do on the track.

“There is a lot going on behind the track but I do not want to discuss this in an interview now. I keep it for myself.

“I learned a bit more and I have a very long memory.

“I will remember this decision from them.

“Now I am with Toro Rosso, the team that I like a lot and it seems like a mutual feeling.

“It seems we have a big potential and all in all, it can be a very good step for my career.”

And although the 22-year-old admits that talk of his pending axing had become a “trend” ever since he joined Red Bull in 2015, the eventual announcement was still a shock.

He does, however, believe that through it all he has come out a stronger person and driver.

“Somehow, you always know there is something in the air,” he said.

“Since I joined Red Bull, it was a bit of a trend, it was the talk.

“I was just focusing on the job on the track and everything but as it has been proved, this was not enough.

“In Sochi, I had no idea. It was a shock. It was just a confusing decision at the time.”

He added: “I had a few good days thinking about life. I learned a lot about life and I learned a lot about Formula 1.

“I feel like it made me a much, much stronger person and a driver because Formula 1 is not only what you do on the track, unfortunately.”