After the shocking Ricciardo move to Renault in 2018, Red Bull found itself with a drained pool of young prospects that could take a Toro Rosso seat. Dropped a year before in favour of Brandon Hartley, Kvyat made a sensational return and was placed alongside Alex Albon for 2019 season.
Yet he failed to beat the rookie as it would be expected of him and he was regularly out-paced by Pierre Gasly this season. “That topic is done for us,” Marko told Motorsport-total.com.
Moreover, Kvyat admitted that the early stages of 2020 season have been frustrating, as AT01 did not fit his driving style well and his team-mate has been putting in exemplary performances: “When that happens, you get frustrated very quickly.” Yet he managed to get on top of the car in the few final races of the season, even finishing P4 in Imola.
“You always want to start the season well. But I don’t want to talk too much about that because Pierre also drove a fantastic year. Sometimes he made it into Q3 and I was eliminated in Q2. That’s when I often thought to myself, ‘Sh*t!’ I would have liked to be able to fight with him in Q3.”
It would seem that Danil Kvyat has reached the second end of his F1 career. After failing to attract a race seat for the 2018 season, Kvyat became the third driver for Ferrari.