user icon

Kvyat understands Albon's Red Bull promotion

  • Published on 31 Aug 2019 09:11
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Daniil Kvyat says he understands Red Bull's decision to promote Alexander Albon instead of him for the remainder of the 2019 season.

The energy drink squad demoted Pierre Gasly back to Toro Rosso after a lacklustre first half of the season, in which he failed to consistently fight within the top three teams.

MOREGasly admits shock over Red Bull demotion | Honda introducing 'Spec 4' engine at Belgian GP

Albon received the nod ahead of Kvyat, despite having just 12 F1 races under his belt, while Kvyat has 84 race starts to his name. 

“I understand," Kvyat said of the decision. "I guess they have their reasons. I think my year has been very strong, that's never been under question.

"But they have also other reasons to try Alex in a very competitive car. I think someone who can match Max straight away, that's not an easy task. There are nine races left in the year to jump in and match Max.

"But the decision was Red Bull's, I have to respect it and accept it, so no problems with that.

“The thing we should not forget is I’ve been to Red Bull already and it certainly played a role. That's what I’ve been told.”

Kvyat staying optimistic for 2020

Kvyat denies that he is feeling disappointed over missing out on the seat, having already raced for the energy drink squad in 2015 and part of 2016.

The three-time podium finisher says he must focus on delivering for Toro Rosso, and is confident that doing so will bring him good opportunities for 2020. 

"I don't think I have any disappointment or anything, my job stays the same," Kvyat said. "My year has been fantastic, so I look at that rather than things that are out of my control

"But I will keep focusing on my own thing and do the best that I can in the last nine races until the end of the year. Hopefully it will be good, you never know what the future holds.

"One thing that's important is to do your own good job and the rest will come when the time comes. It's important to just be able to do your best every day that you're a driver."

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Alpine F1
  • Points 194
  • Podiums 3
  • Grand Prix 93
  • Country Russian
  • Date of b. Apr 28 1994 (26)
  • Place of b. Ufa, Russian
  • Weight 58 kg
  • Length 1.75 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
21 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
11 - Jun 13
Canada
25 - Jun 27
France
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
21 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
11 - Jun 13
25 - Jun 27
France Paul Ricard
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar