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Marko: Red Bull ‘couldn’t cure’ Kvyat’s Formula 1 struggles

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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.”

Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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