Daniil Kvyat takes shot at Sebastian Vettel in special F1 helmet design for Russian GP
Toro Rosso F1 driver Daniil Kvyat unveiled a special helmet design this week for his home Formula 1 Grand Prix in Russia, a design inspired by some of Sebastian Vettel’s comments about his driving last year.
It’s fair to say the 2016 Formula 1 season did not start well for Kvyat. Having been retained by Red Bull Racing — a contentious decision in itself — the Russian driver fell out of favor with the team and eventually was demoted to Toro Rosso after colliding with Vettel in China and then again in Russia.
Vettel described Kvyat’s move in China by saying that he “came in like a torpedo.” So, to celebrate the occasion, Kvyat has incorporated a cartoon of himself riding a torpedo into his helmet design. The new feature was revealed in a tweet that read, simply, “New helmet for home Grand Prix.”
The Toro Rosso driver, who was replaced at Red Bull by Max Verstappen, has only once scored points on home soil — a fifth-place finish in 2015 for Red Bull — and is yet to find any form of consistency for the junior Toro Rosso team to which he was moved.
Already eight points behind teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. — who regularly finishes within the top 10 — a strong performance in Russia could be the shot in the arm needed to jump-start Kvyat’s season.