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Kvyat leaves Barcelona with Alps prize following Nato clash

by Peter Allen

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool

He may have missed out on the Eurocup title, but Daniil Kvyat didn’t leave Barcelona empty handed despite a collision with Norman Nato in the Alps season finale that followed…

Daniil Kvyat has secured the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps title at the final round of the season in Barcelona following a clash with rival Norman Nato that put both out of the deciding race on the spot.

Kvyat led coming into the weekend, but saw his advantage slashed from 13 to just three points in Sunday’s first race when Nato won and he finished third, slipping behind Paul-Loup Chatin after starting on the front row. In between the two Alps races Kvyat lost out on the Eurocup title to his rival there Stoffel Vandoorne, but started the second Alps race from pole with Nato second. That’s how it still was at the end of the second lap, but Nato had caught Kvyat by the end of the first sector. The pair made contact and both ended up in the gravel and out of the race – meaning Kvyat would maintain his three point advantage and take the title.

Red Bull Junior Kvyat came into his second season of Formula Renault as the pre-season favourite for the Eurocup, but he failed to deliver. The Alps programme was only meant in addition to the Eurocup, but it did provide him with a consolation prize. In both championships he claimed more wins than his chief rival, but was less consistent.

Looking at the tradition of Red Bull Juniors, Kvyat’s next move will be into British F3 with Carlin assuming the energy drink retains his services.