Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly has denied claiming that he would take Daniil Kvyat’s Formula 1 seat at Toro Rosso for the Singapore Grand Prix.
After being demoted from a Red Bull seat to Toro Rosso for the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Kvyat has struggled for form with Toro Rosso, conceding before the summer break that he had stopped enjoying racing.
Since returning from the break, Kvyat has failed to score any points, finishing 14th in Belgium last weekend before retiring from Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Kvyat’s malaise has coincided with Gasly’s upturn in fortunes in GP2, where he leads the championship with four races remaining.
Gasly is seen to be the only driver who could replace Kvyat at Toro Rosso for 2017, but speculation on Sunday at Monza suggested it may come as soon as the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
Gasly was rumored to have told Spanish TV that he would replace Kvyat for Singapore, but took to Twitter to deny this.
Gasly is understood to have met with Red Bull Racing consultant and advisor Helmut Marko over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend in which the possibility of a race seat in 2017 was discussed.
When informed of Gasly’s alleged comments by British TV channel Sky Sports, Marko reacted curtly.
“It’s absolute rubbish. Kvyat will have his chance to recover and we won’t make any decisions before mid-October as to who will have the seat next year in Toro Rosso,” Marko said.
“Believe me, I’ll be on the phone with [Gasly] immediately.”