Daniil Kwjat did not understand at the time that Red Bull brought Alexander Albon and not himself to the mother team last summer. “Let’s put it this way: I was definitely not happy,” says the AlphaTauri pilot in the podcast ‘Beyond the Grid’. Kwjat had led the team’s duel against Albon with 27:16 points when Red Bull dismantled Pierre Gasly and exchanged it with the Thai.
“I can’t say that when I heard about the decision, I completely understood and completely agreed with it,” admits the Russian. For him, the decision didn’t sound right at the time. A few months apart, however, he can now understand Red Bull if he looks at the matter from a different perspective.
“I was already there and they needed fresh blood anyway,” he alludes to his unsuccessful trip to the A team from 2015 and early 2016. At the time, Kwjat was exchanged for Max Verstappen and promoted back to Toro Rosso, before he was finally placed outside the door and only brought back in 2019.
Alexander Albon, on the other hand, drove his first Formula 1 season in 2019 and was the only Red Bull driver who hadn’t yet had a chance in the A team. “You have to get young drivers up there. That’s what Red Bull does,” says Kwjat.
After a few days, he accepted the decision. “I know my job and I know what I have to do and what I was hired for. And I do that too. That’s enough for me.”