Tost backs Kvyat following tough start to life with Red Bull

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Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has tipped former driver Daniil Kvyat to bounce back after struggling to make much of an impact in his first five races for Red Bull Racing.

Kvyat raced for Toro Rosso in 2014 as a rookie, but made enough of an impression to secure himself a seat at Red Bull as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel’s replacement.

Red Bull has struggled at the beginning of the new season with its car, the RB11, and its Renault power unit which has taken the brunt of the team’s criticism.

Questions have been raised about Kvyat, though, given that he has scored just five points in the opening five races, finishing no higher than ninth on track.

Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, Tost was quick to back his former driver, believing that Kvyat will soon respond and prove his ability.

“It takes time to mature in an F1 car,” Tost said. “That is why I say that I want to work with drivers for three years – and then hand them over.

“Daniil had only one year with Toro Rosso. He is facing car troubles and is simply not as experienced as Daniel Ricciardo, who was with us for three years and had half a year with HRT.

“Daniil is a very highly skilled driver and I am convinced that if his car is reliable he will be very fast. He will have a successful future.

“He is very, very skilled – he has the champion gene.”

Kvyat heads to next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with every hope of turning his season around, and spoke earlier this week about the importance of confidence when racing around the famous streets.

“It’s a real ‘confidence’ circuit,” he said. “You need to be in tune with it. You need to find yourself, find the flow, you need to find the right approach mentally and with the car and then you just have to make it happen.”

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”