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Marko: Red Bull ‘couldn’t cure’ Kvyat’s Formula 1 struggles

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Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko remains unsure why Daniil Kvyat suffered such a downturn in form before his exit from the sport, saying the team “couldn’t cure it”.

Kvyat was dropped twice by Toro Rosso through 2017 due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming following the United States Grand Prix when he left the Red Bull motorsport program altogether.

The Russian raced for Red Bull’s senior team through 2015 before being demoted to Toro Rosso four races into the 2016, making way for Max Verstappen.

Speaking to the official F1 website about Kvyat’s struggles, Marko said Red Bull’s motorsport bosses remained unsure what caused his struggles despite giving him multiple chances.

“Unfortunately we don’t know why. Maybe because of that we couldn’t cure it,” Marko said.

“In his first year in F1 he was a revelation, often being quicker than [Daniel] Ricciardo – that’s why we moved him to Red Bull Racing.

“But then suddenly his curve started to run south. This happens sometimes unfortunately.

“We gave him more than one fair chance, but he could not use his potential. That’s how it sometimes goes.”

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.