Kvyat is a con­tender for a Williams drive af­ter be­ing dropped by Red Bull

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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.

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