Jenson Button calls out Red Bull over Daniil Kvyat demotion
Jenson Button might be on the victory lap of his Formula One career this season but it seems his passion for the sport is hardly diminished.
Button knows what it takes to recover from adversity and he did not mince his words when he waded into the debate surrounding Daniil Kvyat's seemingly harsh demotion from Red Bull.
Kvyat will spend the rest of the season at Red Bull's sister team Toro Rosso after a forgettable Russian Grand Prix in which he twice rammed into Sebastian Vettel on the first lap and prompted the former world champion into an expletive-riddled rant which TV audiences heard over his radio.
Kvyat was clearly rattled by the incident - he did something similar to Vettel in the previous race - and afterwards cut short an interview that finished with him saying: "It's easy to attack me. Go on, attack me. No problem. Go."
Button was dropped by Williams after his debut season in 2000, and then by Renault two years later, so he can empathise with Kvyat.
The 36-year-old has gone on to have a stellar career, highlighted by his unlikely drivers' championship success with Brawn in 2009, and judging by this re-tweet he hopes Kvyat enjoys a similar path.
Kvyat's seat has been handed to 18-year-old Max Verstappen, who is regarded as one of F1´s brightest talents ... even if he only got his driving licence last year.
In fact Verstappen is so well thought of there are some who believe Red Bull had an ulterior motive for moving Kvyat on.
It does seem harsh on Kvyat though - he scored more points than team-mate Daniel Ricciardo last season and finished third at the Chinese GP just over a fortnight ago.