Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko remains unsure why Daniil Kvyat suffered such a downturn in form before his exit from the sport, saying the team “couldn’t cure it”.
Kvyat was dropped twice by Toro Rosso through 2017 due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming following the United States Grand Prix when he left the Red Bull motorsport program altogether.
The Russian raced for Red Bull’s senior team through 2015 before being demoted to Toro Rosso four races into the 2016, making way for Max Verstappen.
Speaking to the official F1 website about Kvyat’s struggles, Marko said Red Bull’s motorsport bosses remained unsure what caused his struggles despite giving him multiple chances.
“Unfortunately we don’t know why. Maybe because of that we couldn’t cure it,” Marko said.
“In his first year in F1 he was a revelation, often being quicker than [Daniel] Ricciardo – that’s why we moved him to Red Bull Racing.
“But then suddenly his curve started to run south. This happens sometimes unfortunately.
“We gave him more than one fair chance, but he could not use his potential. That’s how it sometimes goes.”
MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.
Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”
The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.
Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.
Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.
The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.