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Kvyat calls on Toro Rosso to ‘get its s*** together’


Danii Kvyat has called on Toro Rosso to focus on ironing out the small errors that “kill our potential” after failing to score any points last time out in Monaco.

Kvyat re-joined Toro Rosso for the Spanish Grand Prix after being demoted from Red Bull to its junior Formula 1 team.

The Russian driver finished 10th in Spain before retiring last weekend in Monaco after a clash with Kevin Magnussen while running two laps down, having suffered a pit limiter issue.

The incident left Kvyat with a grid penalty for next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, but he is still relishing the opportunity to get back racing after a tough spell.

“I can’t wait to go to Canada because I was feeling a little bit helpless [in Monaco] and it’s not a good feeling to be feeling helpless,” Kvyat said.

“It’s very painful when you lose the race before it starts, but we have to be strong because the car has really good potential.

“These small things that kill our potential – Carlos [Sainz Jr.] could score more points but he didn’t, so we need to have a good package.

“But we need to get our s**t together.”

Toro Rosso lies sixth in the constructors’ championship after six races, six points clear of McLaren.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).