Russian racing driver Daniil Kvyat has joked that Red Bull are “dying” to call him back to their F1 squad after axing him at the end of last season.
Kvyat made his Formula 1 debut with Red Bull’s junior team (Toro Rosso, as it was then called) in 2014, before being promoted to Red Bull Racing in 2015.
However, after a poor start to the 2016 season, Kvyat was demoted back to the sister team, before being dropped by Red Bull altogether at the end of the following campaign.
He later re-joined Toro Rosso in 2019 and stayed on with the team when they were rebranded Scuderia AlphaTauri ahead of the 2020 season, but he was axed last year after being outperformed by team-mate Pierre Gasly.
Commenting on the prospect of him returning to Formula 1 with Red Bull at some point in the future, Kvyat joked that Dr Helmut Marko is “dying” to call him back.
“I think he’s dying to give me a call,” he joked .
“But I think this time, the pride might be in the way – because already last time it was a bit like admitting the mistake, no?”
Continuing, Kvyat – who currently serves as Alpine’s reserve driver – said his eyes and ears are “open” to see if a return to the F1 grid could be on the cards.
“My eyes are wide open, my ears also are open and to be honest I’m quite flexible,” Kvyat said.
“I enjoy my work with Alpine right now, I’m giving my best always to the team that I’m with and right now I’m focused on that. I enjoy the atmosphere in the team.
“They’re very interesting guys, a very hardcore racing team, and all the sessions I’ve attended on race weekends and in the testing sessions, they all work like a clock, very organised, very solid group of people. It will be interesting – I think this team has a huge potential for the future,” he concluded.