Kvyat is a contender for a Williams drive after being dropped by Red Bull
Daniil Kvyat has emerged as a contender for a 2018 Williams Formula 1 drive after being dropped by Red Bull last week.
It was confirmed in Mexico that the Russian was no longer part of the Red Bull programme, meaning Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley are likely to complete the season – and possibly 2018 too – with Toro Rosso.
After being dumped, Kvyat is now targeting a seat alongside Lance Stroll at Williams.
“We’ll consider all drivers that are not contracted,” said Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe. “That is a fact. Kvyat is a very respectable driver, so he should be in the frame.”
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost said there had been a loss of confidence in Kvyat with him only managing five points in 2017, compared to the 48 of Carlos Sainz Jr.
“The season from Daniil this year was very unfortunate,” said Tost. “There were a lot of technical problems which were not in the hands of Daniil, he couldn’t do anything. But he also made some driver errors.
“Both parties lost confidence in each other. We felt the confidence was not there anymore on the level you need if you are to work together successfully in the future.”
But Tost described Kvyat as “very fast” and refused to rule out him making a return to the Red Bull fold in the future.