Newly-appointed Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says he feels sorry for Daniil Kvyat after replacing the Russian for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso confirmed on Tuesday that 2016 GP2 champion Gasly would make his F1 debut in Malaysia, with Kvyat benched after a difficult run of form that has seen him score just four points this year.
The decision was the second mid-season switch involving Kvyat in 18 months following his demotion from Red Bull to Toro Rosso last May, and Gasly admitted to feeling sympathy for his fellow junior.
“I haven’t had the chance to talk with him yet but, of course, unfortunately that’s how it works in this sport and I think he’s been in my position,” Gasly said.
“Before he came to F1 he was waiting for his chance and then he had to take the seat of someone else. Of course I feel sorry for him I think he is a really good driver and talented.
“For Daniil it’s happening that I’m going to take his seat, but I’m pretty sure we’ll see him back on the grid at some point maybe, and we’ll see what’s going to happen in the near future.”