Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 1985 500SEC, 1991 190E 2.6.
Location: Los Angeles / Hannover Germany
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I am a Vettel fan, but in all fairness, in the China incident he just snoozed imo.
Vettel could have closed the door a bit earlier, and his first remarks that Kvyat might not have made it through the corner at his speed doesn't hold water.
He did just that if you watch the replay (for slow corners, the Red Bull chassis is said to be the best of them all).
Kvyat saw an opportunity and took it. That's what Red Bull hired him for.
In Sochi, the first bump was definitely Kvyat's fault. I am an old fart and worked with music, so my hearing is not the best anymore, but I thought I heard a Vettel double downshift, so the second bump may not have been entirely Kvyat's fault.
To go from being celebrated on the China GP podium to being demoted in just 2 weeks or so must be a bitter pill to swallow. .
At least it's just a demotion, and Kvyat will have the chance to prove his value again at Toro Rosso.
It could have been worse for Kvyat, as demotions have been rare at Red Bull / Toro Rosso.
Some of the pundits have pointed at Red Bull having destroyed a number of promising F1 drivers careers, by firing drivers mid season / on short notice.
Mercedes and Ferrari being both interested in young Verstappen, Red Bull may have been searching for any reason or pretense to lock Verstappen into a new longer term contract (-2019 or 20?), and Kvyat obliged.
A new Verstappen contract to supersede the one expiring in 2017 is likely in place, with a nice bump in salary etc.
Red Bull is due a engine upgrade good for 1/2 sec per lap according to rumors. Too bad, Kvyat took his eyes off the chess board.
Another, perhaps a bit more far fetched scenario: There have been rumors about negotiations between Sauber and Ferrari's re interest in establishing a sister team (Alfa Romeo branded more likely than Maserati? But either would be nice to see back in F1).
Modena and Faenza are only 60 or so miles apart, and a team already established in Italy would make more sense.
But moving Verstappen from Toro Rosso may have taken some icing off the cake?
As an aside, I still think Ferrari's competitiveness would benefit with an outpost in the U.K.'s motorsport valley.
After all, Fiat-Chrysler is a Dutch registration company now.