Kvyat unfazed by axing rumours

Date published: July 28 2016

Daniil Kvyat has rubbished rumours claiming that he will be dropped by the Red Bull family at the end of this season.

According to Russian news agency Izvestia, the 22-year-old’s “most recent setbacks seem to have finally convinced Helmut Marko to not renew the contract.”

The report, if true, is yet another blow for the driver, who earlier this season was demoted from Red Bull to junior team Toro Rosso.

Kvyat, though, is refusing to let the rumours bother him.

“Personally I don’t want to waste my f**king time commenting on rumours,” he told Autosport.

“We’ve these two back-to-back races, and the last one in Hungary wasn’t great, so I’ll try to work with the team on having a better weekend here in Germany.

“That’s all I’m really focused on at the moment, and then we’ll see, so I wouldn’t really take any of these rumours seriously.

“We just have to be constructive and honest with our engineers, and try to build up a good baseline altogether, and just stay focused.

“I’m really sure if I can put in a couple of good performances then everything will be fine again.”

The Russian racer also explained his recent comments about his Toro Rosso STR11, admitting he is still struggling to find “the sweet spot” with the car.

“There’s nothing you can do about it,” he added. “It [the trust] just comes, or it doesn’t come.

“We’ve had some issues on my side, some on the team’s side, and among all those issues it’s been hard to find a baseline.

“We still don’t know where the sweet spot is, because we know if we do, then we’ll be strong.”