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Williams add another name to the shortlist of driver options for 2018

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Just a week after it seemed like Daniil Kvyat's Formula 1 career was at a crossroads, a lifeline has emerged.

Kvyat was dropped from Toro Rosso after the Singapore Grand Prix for poor performance, only to be brought back two races later for the US GP.

Despite finishing tenth in that race, Toro Rosso's big brother Red Bull decided to cut the Russian from their programme altogether.

However, Formula 1 has a history of giving dumped drivers hope when all seems lost.

Following the Mexico Grand Prix, Williams F1 technical boss Paddy Lowe confirmed that Kvyat was on the team's shortlist of drivers to partner young Canadian Lance Stroll in 2018.

"As I said in Austin, we are considering all drivers who are not contracted," he said, as per Crash.

"Kvyat is a very respectable driver, so he should be in the frame."

Other drivers whose names have been discussed include Robert Kubica and Paul Di Resta.

Currently, veteran Brazilian, Felipe Massa occupies that seat, but the 36-year-old's role at the team beyond this season is not altogether certain.

Nevertheless, Massa wants an answer from the team prior to his home Grand Prix in Brazil on November 12.

However, Lowe is keeping his cards close to his chest.

"We are talking all the time to Felipe and we will see where we get with that.

"There are all types of scenario, but that is something I don’t want to comment on. We are managing it internally."

Massa, who debuted in 2002, has a wealth of experience having taken part in more than 250 GP's  - winning 11 times.

Lowe admitted that discussions over the future of any driver is a difficult balancing act, however, they hope to handle it in the best possible fashion.

He continued: "Relationships between teams and drivers around renewals are always tense, but most of us, when we go to apply for a job, it is done in private.

"But in F1 it is a very public affair.

"That does make it more awkward than we would like but Felipe is a great guy, and has a great relationship with Williams with respect on both sides.

"I think whatever we conclude together I think we will remain on good terms."

You do hope that this situation gets sorted out amicably as Massa is one of the most likeable drivers on the circuit and deserves respect for his service to the sport.

While the on-track action is drawing to a close, the offseason is bound to be just as fascinating.

Topics:
Daniil Kvyat
Williams
Formula 1
Toro Rosso
Daniil Kvyat
Felipe Massa

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