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Gasly feels sorry for Kvyat after replacing him at Toro Rosso F1

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Newly-appointed Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says he feels sorry for Daniil Kvyat after replacing the Russian for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso confirmed on Tuesday that 2016 GP2 champion Gasly would make his F1 debut in Malaysia, with Kvyat benched after a difficult run of form that has seen him score just four points this year.

The decision was the second mid-season switch involving Kvyat in 18 months following his demotion from Red Bull to Toro Rosso last May, and Gasly admitted to feeling sympathy for his fellow junior.

“I haven’t had the chance to talk with him yet but, of course, unfortunately that’s how it works in this sport and I think he’s been in my position,” Gasly said.

“Before he came to F1 he was waiting for his chance and then he had to take the seat of someone else. Of course I feel sorry for him I think he is a really good driver and talented.

“For Daniil it’s happening that I’m going to take his seat, but I’m pretty sure we’ll see him back on the grid at some point maybe, and we’ll see what’s going to happen in the near future.”

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool