Daniil Kvyat had been dropped for the Red Bull young drivers program and will not return to Toro Rosso after Mexico.
The Russian joined the program in 2010 and made his debut with Toro Rosso in 2014, was swiftly promoted to Red Bull in 2015 after Vettel departed for Ferarri. He scored 2 podiums in the senior outfit before he was demoted back to Toro Rosso after the 2016 Russian Grand Prix. (A race Max Verstappen, who took his place, went on to win)
He has Since been sidelined at Toro Rosso twice this year as the team will end the season with a completely different line up to what they started with.
After his demotion in 2016, he went on a very poor run of races and looked like a broken man. But seemed to perk up at the end of the year and so was retained for 2017. unfortunately, he has only scored 5 points this season, one of which was at his return race in the USA.
He was also massively outshined by Carlos Sainz who has now moved to Renault with Pierre Galsy taking his place. The team will retain Brendon Hartley for the rest of the season and likely for 2018 as well.
“Kvyat will not return again,” said Helmut Marko speaking to Auto Bild.
“We do not believe he can make the turnaround in the long term.
“Gasly and Hartley are finishing the season. Then we’ll see what happens.”
His future in F1 is now looking bleak as only Williams and Sauber have seats yet to fill for 2018.