Under Pressure Kvyat Needs To ‘Become More Disciplined’ – Tost


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Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost believes that Daniil Kvyat needs to be more disciplined and less emotional with his driving, after the Russian driver caused trouble during the last three Grands Prix.

An opening lap collision with Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen at the Red Bull Ring in Austria was followed by an opening lap clash with team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. at Silverstone, while Kvyat also found himself impeding Lance Stroll during Qualifying for the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, with the incidents bringing Kvyat’s penalty points tally to ten, two away from what would be an automatic one-race ban.

Tost told Motorsport.com that Toro Rosso had no complaints abut Kvyat’s pace, but needed him to control his “impatience” during the start of the race.

“Daniil is doing a good job, apart from sometimes after the start when he is too impatient, or when he risks too much,” said Tost.  “If you look to his speed during the race, if he is just running by himself, his lap times are very, very competitive and very good.

“He wants to be successful, he wants to overtake people where maybe there is no possibility to overtake, and there he must become more disciplined. Whether it’s frustration or whatever, being in the car, especially at the start, you have to have your emotions under your control, because if you start becoming emotional, you make mistakes, and then you crash.”

Tost also added that Toro Rosso is ‘talking a lot’ with Kvyat to avoid any further incidents, which could lead to a possible race ban.

Before the Silverstone collision, the relationship between Sainz Jr. and Kvyat was beginning to break following disagreements over qualifying tactics at the Canadian Grand Prix and a near-miss in Azerbaijan where Sainz Jr. spun at Turn 1 in an attempt to avoid the Russian.

After the British Grand Prix, Tost urge for both drivers to “respect each other” on track and take equal share of the blame, and he fears that any repeat of the incident from their drivers may potentially see Red Bull Racing brought into handle the situation at the Italian based team.

When asked what would happen if the drivers collided again, Tost replied they “would sit together, and of course Red Bull sooner or later would then make any decisions either with a financial penalty or anything else.”