Daniil Kvyat will not return to Toro Rosso after being dropped from the Red Bull programme, according to reports.
The Russian had been replaced for the second time this season for this weekend’s Mexican GP, with Pierre Gasly returning to partner Brendon Hartley and that pairing will now complete the season.
Kvyat finished 10th at the US GP after a two-race absence, describing his performance as his “best of the season”, but it is set to be his final race for the team.
“Kvyat will not return again,” Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko told Auto Bild.
“We do not believe he can make the turnaround in the long term.
Gasly & Hartley for Toro Rosso in Mexico
“Gasly and Hartley are finishing the season. Then we’ll see what happens.”
Kvyat’s future in Formula 1 is now in doubt, with Williams the only team with a vacancy for 2018.
Kvyat joined the Red Bull junior programme in 2010 and made his Formula 1 debut in 2014 with Toro Rosso.
Daniil Kvyat spoke to Sky F1's Rachel Brookes in Austin about his options if he were to leave Toro Rosso.
At the end of his debut season, he was promoted to the senior Red Bull team to replace the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel as Daniel Ricciardo’s team-mate.
He finished second at the 2015 Hungarian GP and third at the 2016 Chinese GP but was demoted back to Toro Rosso in May 2016, with Max Verstappen taking his seat at Red Bull.
Kvyat was then heavily out-scored by Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz and he was ‘rested’ for the Malaysia and Japanese GPs after crashing in September’s Singapore GP.
His point at the Circuit of the Americas was his first since May’s Spanish GP and only his fifth of the season.
Speaking to Sky F1’s Rachel Brookes in Austin, Kvyat said he was thinking of other options if his time at Toro Rosso was coming to an end.
“If you’re asking me if I have a Plan B or C, yeah I do have a few thoughts,” he said.
“Formula 1 is not everything. There are other good opportunities in this life.
“I’m always going to be a racing driver and I always want to race. But there are always good places to be somewhere.”
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