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Sainz hopes Kvyat will return to F1 "soon"

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Sainz hopes Kvyat will return to F1 "soon"
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Oct 28, 2017, 8:39 AM

Carlos Sainz says he's sorry to see his former Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat dropped by Red Bull, and hopes that the Russian can return to the Formula 1 grid "soon".

Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
 Franz Tost, Team Principal, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17

Kvyat has lost his place in the Red Bull programme after eight seasons, and is now looking for a drive elsewhere. It is understood he has already been in contact with Williams and Sauber to offer his services.

Asked for his reaction to Kvyat's Red Bull exit, Sainz said: "I do have feelings, for sure. Because Dany has been very close to me since go-karting days.

"We joined the Red Bull programme on exactly the same day in 2009, and in 2010 we did our first year. I was hoping to have him also in F1 for many years, and I hope I find him back in F1 soon."

Sainz acknowledged that there's always enormous pressure to perform at Red Bull.

"It's probably the toughest platform out there," he said. "It's the one that gives you the most, but it can also take away everything that it gives you.

"For me, and I think for everyone that has even been dropped by Red Bull or given a chance, I think without them we would have never had a chance to drive an F1 car or compete in F1. They are very tough, but they have reasons to be tough.

"It made me the driver I am today - without that pressure, without that 'must win, must perform, must deliver' like Helmut Marko says – it's his favourite word, 'deliver' – I wouldn't have taken a big step in 2014 to win the World Series [Formula Renault 3.5].

"It's such a big pressure. I wouldn't have taken a big step in 2015 as a driver, and I wouldn't be a Renault driver now, after building up so much experience and confidence in myself."

Sainz admitted that there was a different atmosphere at his new home at Renault, the Spaniard having made the mid-season switch from Toro Rosso.

"It's a different way of doing things," he said. "it's a different approach.

"In the end what counts is always the same, that is the result. If the result is good, they will be happy. So far nothing changes in F1, the last result is important, and it counts."

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