Torpedo off target. Gasly takes aim.
Kvyat gets the boot from Toro Rosso, giving Red Bull rising star Pierre Gasly a chance at glory.
Kvyat's downfall started last year in Russia, where he torpedoed 4 time Red Bull golden boy (even if he is wearing red now) Sebastian Vettel. His attitude towards the multiple incidents he was involved in had to weigh heavy on Red Bull's decision to ax him.
Things for Kvyat went from bad to worse once he was at Torro Rosso. Carlos Sainz held his own with Verstappen, who we know is a raw talent, but Kvyat could not come close to Sainz. That is understandable for last season, adjusting to a different car, new mechanics, new everything on top of being dealt a pretty significant blow to your ego. But this season? What's his excuse for being such a poor performer while his teammate shines?
Red Bull gave Kvyat more than half a season to show them something in a car that is perfectly capable of scoring points. Of which he has scored 4, Alonso has more than that and he has only actually finished three races! Hell, Palmer has more points than this kid and he already lost his seat. Being 44 points adrift of your teammate is all the further his story needs to go. He is not a marketable or even a particularly like-able driver. He's arrogant in interviews and hasn't produced results in close to 30 grand prix since his switch to Toro Rosso. No surprises here then, it was a matter of time. Hopefully Kvyat will find a seat in another series, hopefully the cars have fenders. Maybe he can form a team with Maldonado in touring car and they can crash into people with smiles on their faces.
Meanwhile somewhere in Japan, Gasly has performed beautifully in Super Formula. Getting up to speed and scoring back to back wins. Gasly currently sits 2nd in the standings ahead of a few ex-F1 drivers.
I think it will be exciting to see how the rest of this season plays out. This move by Toro Rosso and with Sainz due to Renault there is now another vacancy in the 2018 season. With the Renault tie severed in place of Honda, Palmer seems like a long shot. Who will have bigger say over the seat? Red Bull or Honda? We will have to wait and see.