Things have gotten even more difficult for Daniil Kvyat. After being sat out for two races in favor of Pierre Gasly, the Russian made his return in Austin for the US Grand Prix and scored points with a very good drive even handling a battery issue in the process.
His teammate for the weekend, Brendon Hartley, did a nice job considering he hasn’t been in a Formula 1 car in six years. He didn’t score points but he apparently did enough to score Kvyat’s seat for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
The team released a brief statement:
Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Driver Line-Up for the upcoming 2017 Mexican Grand Prix will be formed by the following pairing: Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.
This means that Daniil’s effort in Austin and his proclamation about completely changing his style and attitude didn’t sway anyone at Toro Rosso and so the “torpedo” will now be sitting out at Mexico.
Did Brendon do enough to warrant getting Daniil’s seat? Not sure but the question might be, did Daniil do enough to keep a seat in F1? Having said that, Brendon has been on the losing side of a Red Bull young driver program as well and perhaps he is getting a new look from Red Bull for 2018?