Toro Rosso is expected to announce the return of Daniil Kvyat as one of the team’s 2019 drivers at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
Kvyat, who was demoted from Red Bull four races into 2016 in order to make way for Max Verstappen, was replaced by Toro Rosso after last year’s United States Grand Prix in favor of current pairing Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.
With Gasly moving up to Red Bull next year to replace Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso has at least one seat available and will turn to its former driver less than a year after releasing him for poor form. Kvyat is currently a Ferrari test and development driver, and it is understood he will remain part of the Ferrari set-up despite his return to Toro Rosso.
Confirmation is expected during the Russian’s home race this weekend, with Kvyat set to add to his current record of 72 starts and two podiums in Formula 1.
Brendon Hartley’s future has yet to be confirmed, but with Dan Ticktum looking unlikely to win the European Formula 3 championship — falling 49 points adrift of Mick Schumacher with three races remaining — the New Zealander is in the frame to retain his seat.
It is understood Red Bull was analyzing options to get Ticktum an FIA Super License for next season; the Briton does not have one as a result of being banned from racing in 2016. The 19-year-old would pick up 30 of the required 40 points should he win the F3 title. He won last year’s Macau Grand Prix, for which no Super License points are currently awarded.