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Verstappen switch ‘tough on Kvyat’

Written by: Neil

We can't help but think that Formula 1 teams have short memories when it comes to the talents of some of the best drivers in the world, with a case in point being the inter-team switch of Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen for the coming Spanish Grand Prix and for the season beyond.

Here in the Petrol News office, we can't help but feel a pang of sympathy for Kvyat, who now returns to his former team of Toro Rosso to make way for the rising star that is Verstappen at Red Bull Racing for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Despite his highly-publicised mistakes in the Russian Grand Prix (shunting four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel not once, but twice to end his race), we can't help but feel sorry for Kvyat in how his season appears to be panning out.

After all, it was just a few weeks ago that the former Red Bull driver completed a stunning race in China to claim third position and earn valuable points for his team.

However, when you have such a rising star on your hands in the form of Max Verstappen, we can understand the ruthless approach to team management that Red Bull have taken.

Indeed, with Verstappen's contract scheduled for renewal at the end of 2017, it makes sense to give him his shot with the big boys and see what he can do – we just hope Kvyat regains his form and can prove Red Bull wrong in the weeks and months to come.

That said, we can't wait to see what Verstappen is capable of at the sharp end of the grid!


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