It is no secret, or surprise, that Daniil Kvyat is hurting right now. Badly.
The 22-year-old was in the fast lane at Red Bull Racing, at times out-doing race-winning team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and scoring the team's first podium of 2016 after a muscular drive in China. Then he found himself dumped as suddenly as he had been promoted from junior team Toro Rosso to the main Red Bull Racing team at the end of 2014.
His opening lap faux pas on home soil at Sochi were partly blamed, but his fate was sealed long before he twice clumsily clattered into the back of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari. Such decisions are considered behind closed doors and not simply taken on the hoof, then announced a day or two later.