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- Updated: October 17, 2017
It appears like Daniil Kvyat is all set to return to action for Toro Rosso this weekend in the United States Grand Prix.
However, this might just last for one week, according to reports circulating around the media. The Russian driver’s long-term future in the sport is currently yet to be determined.
Pierre Gasly took over Kvyat’s seat in Malaysia and Japan. However, with Gasly set to perform at the Japanese Super Formula title the same day, that seat is now vacant again.
Carlos Sainz has also left the team since Suzuka in a hope to deliver better performances at Renault, replacing Jolyon Palmer with immediate effect.
It inevitably left Toro Rosso short of options and the team had no option but to recall Kvyat back to action in Austin. He will race for Toro Rosso alongside New Zealand sportscar star Brendon Hartley, who is going to make his debut.
While many had believed that Hartley had signed only for one race and he would be removed as soon as Gasly would return, recent reports suggest that Kvyat’s participation is still in doubt beyond Austin, depending on how well Hartley performs.
“I do not understand the political games of Formula 1 very well,” Russian motor racing promoter Boris Shulmeystera told Championat.
“But judging from the rumours, if I were Daniil then I would be worried.
“It is a pity that such a talented driver is first transferred from the senior to the junior team,” he added. “And now to find himself struggling to survive. I hope I’m wrong.”
Helmut Marko will have the final say in the matter. There is a chance that he will decide to give Hartley a second chance in the car in the following weekend’s Mexico round. That would leave Kvyat out in the cold again for the third time in four races.
The Toro Rosso team also faces another setback with news that one of its current sponsors, Estrella Galicia, will follow Sainz to Renault.
“In principle, they are talking to the team to see the terms for this year and next year,” said Sainz’ manager and cousin Carlos Elnoro.