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Russian F1 pilot Kvyat says was shocked to learn of his demotion from Red Bull

May 12, 2016, 18:59 UTC+3 MADRID

Executives of Red Bull team announced a week ago that the Russian racer had been demoted to team Toro Roso following his crash at the Sochi Grand Prix on May 1

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Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat

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MADRID, May 12. /TASS/. Russia’s Formula One racer Daniil Kvyat said his downshift from team Red Bull to Toro Rosso came as shocking news to him last week, however, it was the decision of the team’s management and the Russian racer had to accept it, SkyNews cited Kvyat as saying on Thursday.

Executives of F1 team Red Bull, which Kvyat had been racing for since the beginning of this season, announced a week ago that the Russian racer had been demoted to team Toro Roso following his crash at the Sochi Grand Prix on May 1.

Kvyat would be racing for team Toro Roso in Barcelona this weekend while 18-year-old Max Verstappen took his place in team Red Bull. Their swap will remain in force for the rest of this year’s championship.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, Kvyat said he was shocked to learn about the swap of pilots last week, but the only way to argue is to put up a worthy performance on the track.

The 22-year-old Russian racer said there were no explanations from his bosses on their decision to relocate him to Toro Rosso and he personally believed that was doing everything all right until today.

After qualifying in 8th place for Russian Grand Prix in Sochi two weeks ago, Kvyat began the race hitting Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel twice in the back of his car during the opening lap, forcing the German racer to crash into the barrier. Kvyat’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo was also involved in the incident as he was hit by Vettel.

Kvyat eventually finished his home race 15th and Ricciardo was 11th under the chequered flag, leaving their Red Bull team with zero points at Sochi Grand Prix. Although Kvyat brought his apologies after the race, his team’s management expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the Russian pilot in Sochi.

After the Russian Grand Prix, which was this season’s fourth race, Red Bull is in 3rd position of Constructor Standings, 19 points behind team Ferrari and only six points ahead of team Williams.

Kvyat, who won his second F1 career podium at Chinese Grand Prix on April 17, is currently in 8th position with 21 points, while his Red Bull replacement Verstappen is in 10th position with 13 points.

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