Kvyat

Verstappen and Kvyat to switch seats for the Spanish Grand Prix

I thought I was waaaaaay out in front of the story when I speculated that Kvyat would get squeezed out of Red Bull, little did I know only 48 hours later it would be happening:

Red Bull Racing will have a new driver line-up from the Spanish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen will be joining the team to drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo. Daniil Kvyat will continue to drive for Red Bull and will re-join sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Christian Horner, Team Principal says, "We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.
"Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential."

There's plenty being said about this online. My thermal take is that it's pretty harsh, and extremely opportunistic.

Even better, here's Jenson Button's reaction on twitter:

"Really? one bad race and Kyvat's dropped, what about the podium in the previous race? #Shortmemories" -- @JensonButton

All this in the same week when Mercedes felt the need to respond to online trolls about the accusations of favoritism toward Nico Rosberg, these are truly strange times. Do the teams get a bonus if the TV viewership goes up or something?

Source: Red Bull Racing

Rosberg wins as the Seb of old causes friction on the podium

It was a predictable victory but the race was anything but, as Nico Rosberg cruised to the flag collecting his sixth victory and extending his 34 point advantage in the drivers' championship. His main rival Lewis Hamilton started from pit lane and encountered trouble in the opening corners, pitting to replace his front-wing in the first of his five pit stops for the day.

With a flight back to his family booked for directly after the race, Rosberg said he was planning to get the celebrations started early.

"We're going to have a party now in the garage. The whole team deserves it," said the winner.

Although he was scrapping with Ricciardo, Massa and Raikkonen for P5 in the final phases of the race, Hamilton had spent his tyres while chasing them down and was easy pickings by the end for the top six finishers.

"I tried to avoid whatever was happening in front of me but got tangled up in it," said Hamilton. "Not a great finish for us this weekend, but hopefully onward and upwards."

After leading the race from the first corner, Daniel Ricciardo encountered a puncture and recovered to finish fourth behind his teammate Kvyat who rounded out the podium.

At the start Vettel was squeezed by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Kvyat before making steady progress through the field to collect a second place - closing the gap to Hamilton but failing to take the challenge to the leader.

During the post-race cool down Vettel accused Kvyat of making a selfish move that caused his contact with Raikkonen at turn 2 by coming up the inside "like a torpedo."

Kvyat shrugged off the challenge saying, "That's racing, and I'm on the podium!" Most pundits agree Kvyat did nothing wrong, and was not even investigated by the stewards.

Vettel has a spotted history with dramatic podium ceremonies, having finished a number of races under sketchy circumstances with old teammate Mark Webber. At least this time if Kimi decided to give someone the silent treatment they probably wouldn't even realise.

 

Update: lol

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