Kvyat struggling with pressure – Villeneuve

Apr.21 (GMM) Daniil Kvyat is struggling to deal with the pressure of driving for Red Bull.

That is the claim of the outspoken 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

“Last year he did ok at Toro Rosso,” said the French Canadian, “but it was nothing special.”

Russian Kvyat, 20, was promoted from the junior team over the winter to replace the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull Racing.

“Red Bull is good at creating a hype around someone,” Villeneuve told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, “but F1 is also about handling the pressure.”

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, however, said it is not fair to judge Kvyat following the team’s disastrous start to 2015.

“I think the problem is that he has had to face so many difficulties,” he said.

“When his car was working well, he showed he is up to the job, as in Malaysia.

“We have no doubts about his speed, he gives good feedback, and after he gets some consistency, then we will see his potential,” added Horner.

Related News

  • 07/09/2017 Only nationality keeps Kvyat at Toro Rosso – Villeneuve Sep.7 (GMM) 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says he would not be surprised if Toro Rosso sweeps its driver lineup clean in the near future. The French Canadian said he is not […]
  • 09/04/2019 Red Bull could axe Gasly in 2019 – Villeneuve Apr.9 (GMM) Pierre Gasly could lose his seat at Red Bull within the 2019 season. That is the warning of outspoken 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, following a difficult start to […]
  • 22/02/2017 Villeneuve tips Vettel to shine in 2017 Feb.22 (GMM) Jacques Villeneuve has tipped Sebastian Vettel to be a standout performer in 2017. More widely, pundits are naming the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers as the likely […]
  • 30/12/2014 Vettel, Alonso right to leave F1 teams – Villeneuve Dec.30 (GMM) Former champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso were right to leave their respective teams ahead of 2015. That is the view of the outspoken 1997 title winner turned […]
  • 14/04/2019 Gasly needs ‘a bit of time’ – Horner Apr.14 (GMM) Christian Horner has once again defended Pierre Gasly amid suggestions the Frenchman may lose his Red Bull seat. Struggling to adjust to his new car after being promoted […]
  • 14/04/2015 Horner plays down Red Bull quit threat Apr.14 (GMM) Christian Horner is now playing down Red Bull's F1 quit threat. Earlier, directing their anger at engine supplier Renault, the energy drink company's mogul Dietrich […]
  • 12/03/2018 No May engine deadline for Red Bull – Horner Mar.12 (GMM) Christian Horner has hit back at Renault's imposition of a May deadline to decide its engine supplier for 2019. It is no secret that Red Bull installed Honda as Toro Rosso's […]
  • 30/04/2019 Gasly getting ‘a lot’ of Red Bull support – Horner Apr.30 (GMM) Pierre Gasly is now "coming out of this delicate period" at the beginning of his career at Red Bull Racing. That is the claim of team boss Christian Horner, apparently […]
  • 21/07/2016 Horner tips Mercedes switch for Vettel in 2018 Jul.21 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel's former boss thinks the German driver may soon run out of patience for Ferrari. Christian Horner, who oversaw Vettel's four consecutive world championships […]
  • 07/05/2015 Second chance likely for struggling Kvyat May 7 (GMM) Daniil Kvyat looks set to be given a second chance to shine at Red Bull. After his meteoric debut at the mere age of 19 for the junior team Toro Rosso last year, the […]