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Gasly feels sorry for Kvyat after replacing him at Toro Rosso F1

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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.”

Kyle Busch happy with first stint: ‘Put me in the car, there’s excitement!’

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Rolex 24 at Daytona debut of the “KB Show” was cut short by a strategy maneuver but still delivered drama and a positive result.

Kyle Busch got the No. 14 RCF GT3 Lexus back on the lead lap and back in contention for a GTD victory at Daytona International Speedway.

“It was good,” Kyle Busch said with a broad smile after a 42-minute stint. “Just, uh, shit, put me in the car, and there’s excitement around! Drove all my way back to the lead lap and everything.

“Overall, we’ve had a good experience and hell I only got one stint in, so I’m ready for more. Sign me up, coach!”

The two-time Cup champion was expected to drive for at least 90 minutes, but the first full-course caution of the race (with 19 hours and 16 minutes remaining) caused AIM Vasser Sullivan to change up its drive plan. Busch was called to the pits in favor of Parker Chase.

“With all the strategy and the way the wave-bys work here, it’s quite different than what we’re accustomed to (in NASCAR),” said Busch, who likely will drive longer now later in the race. “That wasn’t bad. To get ourselves back on the lead lap and back to a position where we can start scrapping again hopefully is what we needed.

“So I got one stint in, but I’m trying to save myself and (teammate) Jack (Hawksworth) for a little later.”

Busch climbed into the car shortly after 6 p.m. as the last of the No. 14’s four drivers. He complained a few times on his radio about traffic, which he said was his biggest challenge.

“There were a couple of instances we ran down a smaller car, and (it was) just mirror driving in front of us,” he said. “That was pretty bad. We lost probably 2 seconds on that. Overall, I guess that’s road racing.

The yellow flag was exactly what Busch’s team needed after being forced to start from the rear of the field when it missed qualifying because of an engine change. Hawksworth, who started the race, said the car was “quick in the wrong places and slow in the right places” after struggling with handling and speed in the first stint.

“I don’t feel we’re out of it,” Hawksworth said. “It’s a very long race. Still early days. We need to work on having speed for the end of the race. The position right now doesn’t really make any difference. We’ll need to find some performance at the end of the race to fight for the win.”