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'Daniil Kvyat still has a chance at Williams'

  • Published on 26 Oct 2017 13:16
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Daniil Kvyat's F1 career might not be over. That is the hope of Igor Ermilin, the president of Russia's automobile federation. This week, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko announced that Russian Kvyat, 23, will no longer drive for Toro Rosso in 2017 or be in contention for a seat next year.

"I really hope he didn't have to learn it from the press," Ermilin told the Russian publication Sport Express. "Formula one is a tough world, but what is important now is that Daniil's hands are untied. He now has time to try to negotiate with Williams, even if it is true he is not the only candidate for this place," he added.

Indeed, it is believed Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta are the main candidates to replace Felipe Massa at Williams next year. Pascal Wehrlein is also in the running, but team alcoholic sponsor Martini would prefer a driver who is over 25.

Like Wehrlein, Kvyat is also 23 but Ermilin insisted: "I don't think age is a major issue, as it can be negotiated. He is old enough. So in one way it's good that it happened now, while he still has a chance. It is quite in Marko's nature to make such a statement at the end of the season, when surely it would be too late," he added. (GMM)

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    • Oct 26 2017 - 13:39
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    He is a driver with F1 skills for certain. He lacks the ability to separate emotion from the race
    hence the torpedo moniker.

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    • Oct 26 2017 - 16:29
  • Kean

    Posts: 692

    His quali stats against Sainz are not bad. He needs to work on his racecraft though, big time.

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    • Oct 26 2017 - 17:01
  • RacetoWin

    Posts: 95

    I can see this, also i could see the possibility of Matt Hartley or Robert Wickens the other two former Red bull junior drivers.

    paul di resta could'nt do much on force india, i see him as a test driver, massa is past his prime and has been matched in many races by an 18 year old rookie.

    Kyvat has millions of dollars of red bull money into his development and he could be a potential stable partner for lance stroll.

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    • Oct 26 2017 - 19:51
  • Williams' only good option, really. He's easily the quickest candidate, and maturity + being in another team will make him less accident prone.

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    • Oct 26 2017 - 21:18

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