Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Daniil Kvyat had more natural talent than Toro Rosso duo Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly, but “something happened to him mentally”.

Kvyat started his Formula 1 career with Toro Rosso in 2014 and was promoted to Red Bull for the 2015 season, but he was demoted after four races in the 2016 campaign with the team opting to give Max Verstappen a chance.

He returned to Toro Rosso for 2017, but was dropped again at the backend of the campaign and released by the Red Bull driver programme.

The team have decided to go with the Hartley-Gasly partnership for next year.

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