Daniil Kvyat has denied Red Bull is planning on dropping him at the end of the season, amidst reports the Russian was set to be axed by the team.
Russian media reported earlier this week that the Austrian drinks giant was ready to pull the pin on Kvyat’s Formula 1 career with the team after failing to challenge Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz.
However, speaking at his Thursday press conference for the German Grand Prix, an irritated Kvyat brushed aside the rumours surrounding his future with the team.
“Russian press? Since when are they making those rumours?” Kvyat said.
“I don’t want to waste my fucking time to comment on any rumours. We have two back-to-back races now with Hungary and Hockenheim. Hungary wasn’t great so we will work with the team to have a better Hockenheim and that is all I am really focused on then we will see. I wouldn’t take any close looks at rumours.”
Since rejoining Toro Rosso at the Spanish Grand Prix, Kvyat has failed to beat teammate Sainz on race day, although has out-qualified the Spaniard on two occasions.
Should Red Bull choose to cut Kvyat from their programme, the next option would presumably be Pierre Gasly, who is currently leading the GP2 Series standing having won the past two Feature Races.
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