Vitaly Petrov: 'Daniil Kvyat can't take Toro Rosso seat for granted'

Vitaly Petrov speaks during a press conference at the Yas Marina circuit on November 1, 2012
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Daniil Kvyat cannot take his place in Formula 1 for granted, warns countryman Vitaly Petrov.

Daniil Kvyat cannot take his place in Formula 1 for granted, according to the youngster's countryman Vitaly Petrov, who some years ago became the first Russian to race in F1.

Now, 23-year-old Kvyat is flying the flag for Russia and, according to Red Bull chiefs, stands a good chance of keeping his place for 2018 at the junior team Toro Rosso.

However, Red Bull hopeful Pierre Gasly is saying that he would like a seat, while the Faenza team's boss Franz Tost is warning Kvyat of being too "emotional" at the start of races.

"As a F1 driver, no-one is immune from the risk of being replaced at any moment," Petrov told Russian broadcaster Match TV.

"So even if Christian Horner is saying they want to extend the contract, [Kvyat] cannot be complacent. I remember driving for Renault and Nick Heidfeld was very strong, and yet the team changed during the season to Bruno Senna.

"So I think Daniil needs to have a good rest now, reboot and get ready for the second part of the championship. If there are similar accidents as we saw in the first half, then everything can end badly for him."

The season resumes on August 27 with the Belgian Grand Prix.

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3Red Bull184
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6Toro Rosso39
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8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
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20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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