Kvyat's future in doubt, Hartley retained for Mexico race

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso has confirmed that New Zealand's Brendon Hartley will retain his seat with the squad for the Mexican Grand Prix.

After an impressive 13th pace finish in the US Grand Prix on Monday, Hartley will now race the remaining three races of this season at the Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix alongside Pierre Gasly.

However, when Gasly went to contest in the final race weekend of Super Formula, Brendon Hartley, LMP1 driver and Le Mans victor, was called up to service.

Speaking to Bild, Marko says confidence in Kvyat's abilities have faded and they don't believe he's right for either team going forward.

Kvyat, meanwhile, has accumulated only five points from 15 races this season, finishing 10th in Austin, and was eclipsed by Sainz in the early part of the year.

Toro Rosso serves as a feeder team to the main Red Bull Racing outfit, bringing on young drivers, and Kvyat was always operating on borrowed time, having been promoted and then dropped by the former champions.

The 23-year-old Russian, who started 72 races in his nearly four-year F1 career, has pretty much been on probation ever since he was demoted from Red Bull Racing to the Faenza-based squad in May 2016.

"I can confirm it is 100 percent Brendon will remain in the auto for the rest of the season", Toro Rosso team manager Graham Watson told Newshub.

The former Red Bull driver, who was demoted to Toro Rosso at the Spanish GP a year ago in favour of Max Verstappen, was dumped in Malaysia with STR running Carlos Sainz and Gasly. Last season, however, he was replaced by Max Verstappen in Red Bull and was demoted to Scuderia Toro Rosso again.

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