Kvyat a 'good candidate' for Williams - Horner

Kvyat a 'good candidate' for Williams - Horner

27 October 2017 – Daniil Kvyat would be a "good candidate" for the vacant 2018 seat at Williams, according to Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner.

Kvyat has spent the entirety of his single-seater career under the Red Bull umbrella, and stepped up to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in 2014, before graduating to the senior squad in 2015.

Kvyat, though, was demoted to Toro Rosso after four rounds in 2016, and was dropped after this year's Singapore Grand Prix, having scored just eight points in his second spell at Faenza.

Kvyat returned for the US Grand Prix last weekend, with Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault-bound and Pierre Gasly unavailable, and scored 10th place, but was dropped again for Mexico.

Red Bull chief Helmut Marko duly confirmed that Kvyat will not return to Toro Rosso, with Gasly and Brendon Hartley poised to see out the remainder of 2017, and potentially form its 2018 line-up.

Williams, meanwhile, has a vacancy alongside Lance Stroll for 2018, with incumbent Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, reserve Paul di Resta and Mercedes protégé Pascal Wehrlein understood to be in contention.

Kvyat, meanwhile, was sighted by GPUpdate.net in discussions with Williams chief Paddy Lowe in the Austin paddock following the conclusion of last weekend's US Grand Prix.

"Unfortunately with Red Bull things have come to a close [for Kvyat]," Horner told Sky Sports.

"But I would hope that he has done enough to earn himself a seat elsewhere.

"There's still obviously a Williams seat available and I would have thought he'd be a good candidate for that."

On whether Kvyat was promoted to Red Bull too early, with just one year at Toro Rosso under his belt, Horner said: "It's always a difficult one, you have to grab the opportunity when you have it.

"Obviously Sebastian went to Ferrari, which created a seat, and Daniil was the guy who got that chance.

"In 2015 I thought he did a pretty respectable job, and then 2016 was a difficult year for him.

"Unfortunately that was the end of his time at Red Bull, but he got a second opportunity at Toro Rosso."

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