Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko believes that Daniil Kvyat needs just “one or two good races” to regain his confidence amid ongoing Formula 1 struggles.
After being demoted from Red Bull to Toro Rosso for the Spanish Grand Prix, Kvyat has struggled to match new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. for form, scoring just two points in the past eight races.
Kvyat admitted over the German Grand Prix weekend that his dip in form felt “never ending” as speculation ramps up that he will be replaced by Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly at the end of the season.
However, Marko believes that Kvyat can regain his self-confidence with just a couple of good results to end his poor run of form.
“Kvyat needs only one or two good races to get back his self-confidence,” Marko told German publication Motorsport-Magazin.com.
“He has confidence. At the last race at Hockenheim, Toro Rosso was generally poorly prepared with the new parts. The car was not set up properly.”
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has long-stated that he wants Kvyat to remain for 2017 alongside Sainz, who has already been announced as part of its line-up.
Gasly is considered to be the only possible replacement for Kvyat, with the other members of Red Bull’s junior program all racing in lower formulae.
The Frenchman is currently tied for the lead of the GP2 Series with eight races remaining, and is set to resume his title bid over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend in three weeks’ time.
Kvyat was subject to speculation in the Russian media ahead of the German Grand Prix that he would be replaced by Gasly, but reacted angrily to it.
“Russian media has no f**king clue about anything,” he said.
“I think that these are rumours and to be honest I’m not really in the mood to comment on them – waste of my f**king time for bulls**t.”