Kvyat's 'mental strength' is back: Toro Rosso boss

MONTREAL • Daniil Kvyat has recovered his mental strength after the Russian Formula One driver's shock demotion from Red Bull and can score a lot of points for Toro Rosso, according to team principal Franz Tost.

Kvyat, 22, traded places with Max Verstappen last month with the 18-year-old Dutchman going on to become the sport's youngest race winner with victory on his team debut at the Spanish Grand Prix.

"We've lost a super talented driver in Max but we got back another driver who is able to perform for us. He will score a lot of points for us," Tost told the official formula1.com website at the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday.

"At the beginning he was not in the best condition as you can imagine, but we had meetings together, had dinner a couple of times, and I think he has his mental strength back.

"In one or two races he has overcome all that and is focused on his new job... obstacles are there to overcome and he will do that."

Tost could not say whether Kvyat and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, the team's other driver, would be staying with the team next season since that decision would be made by Red Bull.

The team principal, however, said that he would be happy to retain the current line-up.

"I would not mind keeping what we have. But should one of the two prefer to leave there is only one other option - Pierre Gasly," said the Austrian. "All the other drivers are too young and inexperienced."

French racer Gasly, 20, is Red Bull's reserve driver while also competing in the GP2 support series.

"My hope is that we will frequently finish in the top 10 also in the second part of the season," Tost said, adding that he was targeting fifth place overall.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 12, 2016, with the headline 'Kvyat's 'mental strength' is back: Toro Rosso boss'. Print Edition | Subscribe