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Published: 15:44 | 12/5/16

No explanation for Kvyat demotion


Danil Kvyat did not receive a real explanation for his demotion from Red Bull to junior team Toro Rosso.

Kvyat finished on the podium in Bahrain but he was demoted from Red Bull after a calamitous Russian Grand Prix with Max Verstappen taking his seat for the remainder of the season.

The Russian was heavily criticised for crashing into Sebastian Vettel within two corners at the start of his home grand prix with the first collision pushing the Ferrari into his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo - the decision to bring in Verstappen came as a shock to the sport.

Kvyat faced the media for the first time as he joined Verstappen and his new team-mate Carlos Sainz at the driver's press conference ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix and the Russian revealed he did not receive a proper explanation for his demotion.

"There were no real explanations to be honest. If the bosses want something to happen, they make it happen – simple as that," he told reporters.

"I think I’ve always been giving my answers on the track and I think nothing will change. I will try to give as loud answers as possible on the track.

"There are 17 races remaining. I come back to Toro Rosso, the team which I raced for in 2014, the team I really like a lot, the team that I felt the last few days has given me a very warm welcome which I am very grateful for.

"The goals are clear for the team and for myself and I’ll be pushing the absolute limits on the track and I’ll be giving my answers there."

While returning to Toro Rosso is considered a step back, the 22-year-old is ready to embrace the 'golden opportunity' that has been afforded to him.

"To be honest I don’t see this as a ‘blocking’, but you have to take the most positive moments now. Because actually there are more positive moments now than anyone can imagine, I think. And I take it as a golden opportunity with Toro Rosso," Kvyat said.

"Like I said I really like the team, I really enjoyed working with them. Most of the people are the same. And I believe we can do a really good job. And then once a good job is done there is more opportunities to come. You always have opportunities, you always have something to fight for."

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