I never thought there was going to be any fisticuffs in the driver press conference today between Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat but the move did catch the Russian off guard as he told the world:
“There was no real explanation,” Kvyat said. “If the bosses want something to happen they just make it happen. Simple as that.
“I feel like I did everything for the team, bringing in the points, doing development work.
“We’ve been working well together, so it’s a question for other people who made the decision and who can give a better answer to that.
“So I really don’t see any reason.”
Daniil says he doesn’t necessarily feel that the Red Bull director Helmut Marko or team boss Christian Horner are blocking his career in F1:
“You know, obviously, first hours after that of course you have been thinking a lot, and then the work started and then I fly to the factory, I see Toro Rosso people, which are very motivated and very hungry. And I’m now extremely hungry, and to be honest I don’t see it as blocking. You have to take the most positive moments now because actually there are a lot more positive moments now than anyone can imagine I think. I take it as a golden opportunity with Toro Rosso. And, like I said, I really like the team, I really enjoyed working with them, most of the people are still the same and I believe we can do a really good job. And then once the good job is done, there are more good opportunities to come. I think you always have an opportunity. I think you always have something to fight for”.
Max took the high road, which he should, and basically said he’s happy to have the opportunity:
“To be honest I’m very happy with the chance they have given me. I’m racing for a top team now, so that was always the plan what I wanted to do. And yeah, with the risk, to be honest I think it was a bigger risk to be so young in Formula One but I’ve handled it pretty well. From now on it’s just getting used to a new car, which is not easy in the season, but already with the things I’ve done in the factory, already they’ve given me a lot of confidence. Of course, a lot of procedures to learn again but it will come race-by-race and I’m definitely going to enjoy it”.
No fur flying, not hints and allegation but clearly Kvyat isn’t quite sure why he’s being sent down and while the team have explained it was due to being seven tenths off the pace of Daniel Ricciardo—a mighty measuring stick to be sure—we will have to wait and see if they do the same with Verstappen should he be seven tenths off the Australian’s pace too.
Hat Tip: F1.com