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Kvyat: Trust with Red Bull almost like ‘the good old days’

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Daniil Kvyat is confident of securing a contract extension with Toro Rosso for the 2018 Formula 1 season, believing that his level of trust with team owner Red Bull is “coming back to the level of the good old days”.

Kvyat raced for Red Bull for just one full season before being demoted to Toro Rosso after four races in 2016, switching seats with Max Verstappen.

The Russian was retained for 2017 alongside Carlos Sainz Jr., and could be set to stay on for next season after multiple reports following the Austrian Grand Prix stated that an announcement was near.

When asked by NBCSN if a deal for 2018 had been sewn up, Kvyat remained coy, but added he sees no reason to break the existing partnership.

“I think it’s never official until it’s official, no?” Kvyat said.

“I think our common trust between myself and Red Bull company and its bosses is coming back to the level of the good old days.

“I don’t see any point when they feel comfortable with me and I feel comfortable with them not to continue our collaboration.

“It’s a place for patient people here. I’m happy to be patient with them because it’s always a good place to be, and they invested a lot in my career.

“I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t want to collaborate with them.”

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.