UNCERTAIN FUTURE AT TORO ROSSO? Danill Kvyat has endured a frustrating 2016 Formula 1 season so far, and was demoted by Red Bull to sister team Toro Rosso. Image: AFP / Josep Lago
Russia - The FIA's Charlie Whiting has played down suggestions Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat has become the 'bad boy' of Formula 1.
Russian Kvyat incurred Sebastian Vettel's wrath in China, lost his Red Bull seat after a calamitous start in Russia, and will serve a grid penalty this weekend in Montreal after crashing with Kevin Magnussen in Monaco.
A determined Russian
FIA race director Charlie Whiting told Russian media including the Tass news agency: "Yes he has been involved in incidents for which he was penalised.
Whiting added: "But he is a very good driver, I really like and respect him."
"Yes he's had incidents but I don't think he will always be the worst offender."
Now racing for Toro Rosso, 22-year-old Kvyat has sounded particularly frustrated recently, indicating he might be looking to leave the Red Bull family altogether.
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Igor Ermilin, the presidential advisor to the Russian automobile federation, told Sport-Express: "Every day in F1 the rumours are different and contradictory.
"That several teams including Williams are interested in him (Kvyat) is no secret, but a lot will depend on how the rest of this season goes."
For his part, Kvyat says he has put his latest frustration behind him.
The Russian said: "The frustration from the last race in Monaco is now forgotten and has made me even more determined to show what I'm capable of doing."