Kvyat feels he "deserves clarifications" from Red Bull

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Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Oct 19, 2017, 7:02 PM

Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat feels he “deserves clarifications" from his employer Red Bull over his future in grand prix racing.

Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso, walks away from his crashed car
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing and Pierre Gasly
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
 Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12

Amid a frustrating 2017 campaign with Toro Rosso, Kvyat was benched mid-season for two races, but will be making his return at this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

And while his long-term teammate Carlos Sainz has already departed Toro Rosso, Kvyat is not assured of staying at the team next year – or even seeing out this season.

Asked by Motorsport.com whether he was angered by his demotion, which came after he crashed out from the Singapore GP, Kvyat said: "I don't think I was meant to be happy.

"Other than that, I think it wasn't actually a bad thing - looking back at it, looking at how the races were for the team, I wasn't even too sorry to miss these two races, because they were quite bad for the team's performance – but, to be honest, you always want to race, no?

"We will discuss these things behind closed doors, we will decide what's the next move for the future. I think I deserve this, to have clarifications, and we will get them together, one from another."

With both his two-race replacement Pierre Gasly and newcomer Brendon Hartley, his US GP teammate, available for the three final races of the F1 season, Kvyat has admitted he does not know whether he features in the team's post-Austin plans.

The Russian said he is contracted with Red Bull for "a further two years", although it is understood such a deal does not ensure he will continue to represent the firm in F1 and could be terminated early.

"I just do my job, I have a contract with Red Bull for further two years, I think. As far as I have this contract, I have to do [my job] as well as I can, and then if there are any other opportunities, things, we discuss it together and decide what is the best thing to move forward."

Kvyat said the news of his post-Singapore demotion came "slightly out of the blue, because there was a lot of confusion regarding everything".

On whether he had been treated fairly by Red Bull, he said: "I don't want to discuss this now. Talking about this will not help me to focus my mind on the weekend.

"That's all that matters, I want to put away all these thoughts about 'fair' or 'not fair', whatever.

"I just have my work here, my car, I have plenty of new stimulations, motivations, and I want to use them to my best, to try to maximise my performance.

"I feel like there was a very big potential all the time, which has not been used this year very well, and I want to correct this, because there is still a chance to correct this."

Additional reporting by Jonathan Noble

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Drivers Daniil Kvyat Shop Now
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Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
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