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Kvyat backed for Toro Rosso promotion

31st July 2019, 14:45 by Chris Rivers

Toro Rosso principal Franz Tost says Danil Kvyat is ready to drive for Red Bull again but doesn't think he should replace Pierre Gasly.

The Russian driver posted his first podium finish in over three years at Hockenheim last weekend, taking advantage of the wet conditions to steer his Toro Rosso home in third place.

That was the 25-year-old's sixth points finish of the year and Tost believes that having taken a Toro Rosso to a first podium since 2008, the time might be right for him to return to parent team Red Bull.

Kvyat was dropped in 2016 to make way for Max Verstappen's promotion from Toro Rosso and was then dropped from the Red Bull programme entirely towards the end of last season.

Having regained his race seat for this year, Tost feels the Ufa-born driver could be making inroads to being recalled by Red Bull.

Asked whether Kvyat is ready to be recalled, Tost said: "Yes - because there is such a long period now gone, and he is much more experienced now, he knows now what to do, how to handle everything - he is another step forward.

"This is the reason I always say I need drivers for three years to educate the driver, and then he is ready to go to Red Bull. Because Red Bull is another level. Red Bull is a team fighting for victories, fighting for championships."

Kvyat's recall could come at the expense of former Toro Rosso driver Gasly, who has struggled since being promoted to Red Bull last season, although Tost believes it would be too early to throw the towel in on the Frenchman.

"We all know Pierre. And Pierre is also a high-skilled driver, I rate him very high, although his year so far he was not so lucky and didn't show the performance maybe he himself expected," he added.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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