Horner: Kvyat is one of several drivers on Toro Rosso list

Silly Season speculation is running rife through the Monza paddock as Daniil Kvyat enters the limelight as a candidate for the Toro Rosso drive vacated by Pierre Gasly next season.

The former Red Bull driver, now with Ferrari in a development/reserve role of sorts, has been in the background but there may be a glimmer of hope to revive his career in the top flight.


When asked by Sky F1 about the speculation, Horner replied, “Well there are always rumours at this time of year. Monza being a hotbed of that. I think the situation with Toro Rosso is pretty open [for next year] so everything is being considered and [Kvyat] is one of several drivers on the list. Absolutely.”

It’s been a busy Silly Season of musical chairs, first both Mercedes drivers were confirmed, then Daniel Ricciardo dropped the Renault bombshell followed by Carlos Sainz finding refuge at McLaren and Red Bull rapidly confirming Gasly.

Adding to the uncertainty was news of Fernando Alonso’s retirement from Formula 1 and the salvation of Force India by the Lawrence Stroll led consortium of billionaire pals – both developments that massively impact the driver market.

As a result, the knock-on effect is that so many seats remain in doubt with Toro Rosso a prime drive for any driver on the fringes of the sport or indeed in a current team.

The problem for Red Bull is that their young driver programme has dried up, next in line is Daniel Ticktum but he does not have the points required for his super-license, but there is also a school of thought that the youngster is simply not ready to step up to the big league.

Also on the radar is or was 18-year-old Lando Norris who ticks all the boxes for the Toro Rosso team, but McLaren are set on hanging onto the youngster who could well end up in orange alongside Carlos Sainz at the expense of Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Belgian driver may also make the call to Helmut Marko, but the question has he done enough to convince the driver decision maker to take a chance on him.

Then there is the issue of Esteban Ocon who is likely to be marginalised at Force India in the wake of the Stroll-led takeover of the Silverstone based team.

Failing all these options, there is of course Kvyat who the team know well and may have the heart to give the Russian another crack with Toro Rosso. They did it with Brendon Hartley.