Daniil Kvyat has offered his thanks to Toro Rosso as they announced that he would be staying with the team at the US Grand Prix rather than wait until the end of the season.
Kvyat was demoted back to Toro Rosso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix this year to make way for Max Verstappen, and his whole F1 career looked in jeopardy as he was consistently out-performed by team-mate Carlos Sainz.
“It was good news for me to know what I am going to do next year because it was getting to the point where it was important to know because otherwise it would start to be a really nervous time,” Kvyat said.
“I wasn't standing still and I was looking for the answers and I am grateful to Red Bull that I got the chances quite early on."
“Next year I still feel like I have a lot to give and have a lot to show. I am grateful it was Red Bull that gave me the opportunity and not anyone else.”
Kvyat admitted that he had begun talks with other teams to secure his future but is happy to remain in the Red Bull programme and establish consistency.
“It is distracting, it is not the nicest feeling,” he said. “On the other hand it was good to see there was interest somewhere else as well, which wasn't a bad thing, I think, but still Toro Rosso is the team where I always have my baseline and I know this team."
“I've changed teams the last five to six years constantly and not knowing consistency in my career it is nice to stay with the team that knows me well [in 2017] and I know them well and we both trust each other. Next year seems like it offers opportunities to everyone and we hope to be the ones making the most out of it.”
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