Date: 24th October 2016 at 9:25am
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It has undoubtedly been a difficult year for Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat.

The Russian started the season at Red Bull Racing where he had been since Sebastian Vettel’s decision to leave the team in favour of a move to Ferrari.

He started the season locking horns with Vettel, putting an audacious move on the former four-time F1 champion en route to a podium finish in China, before punting him off the track, not once but twice at the start of the Russian Grand Prix.

It proved to be his last race for the team as he was then unceremoniously dumped by Red Bull Racing in favour of Max Verstappen.

Kvyat dropped back into the Toro Rosso team, the team he had previously raced for in 2014.

His career began to nose dive with his confidence clearly shaken and his future on the line.

It even got to a point that during the Italian Grand Prix a rumour in the paddock began to circulate that Daniil Kvyat was set to lose his Toro Rosso drive with immediate effect to 20-year-old French driver Pierre Gasly.

Thankfully for the 22-year-old that proved to not be the case and now his future has been confirmed for next season, alongside current team-mate Carlos Sainz.

?It makes a change to announce our driver line-up relatively early, There are so many new elements coming to Formula One in general and to our team specifically, in terms of the change of power unit supplier, that having the same two drivers gives us stability and a benchmark to work from. Toro Rosso principal Franz Tost told formula1.com.

?For Carlos, it will be his third year with us, which speaks volumes when it comes to how highly we rate him. In recent races, it has been clear that Daniil is back on top form. I always told him that his future with us was in his hands and he has stepped up to the mark and delivered the sort of performances that have ensured his 2017 seat in the STR 12. We now have a very talented and strong driver pairing to tackle a season in which we expect to be very competitive.?

 

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