Three days before the Malaysian Grand Prix - potentially the last ever - it's all change at Toro Rosso. The team has announced that troubled driver Danill Kyvat has been stood down for the remainder of the remainder of the season, in place of Pierre Gasly.
It's been a swift downfall for the Russian Kyvat; since gaining a very impressive podium in China 2016, Kyvat's career has nosedived to the point he's been booted out of Formula One.
That podium finish was followed by two ill-advised shunts on Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari, albeit one being accidental, and a subsequent demotion from Red Bull to Toro Rosso to pave the way for F1 golden boy Max Verstappen.
Kyvat has never recovered from the sudden demotion. True, Verstappen is a World Champion in waiting, but Kyvat was a promising driver at Red Bull who was undeservedly cast aside. Since returning to Toro Rosso, the team where it all began for him in F1, the Russian has looked a driver disinterested. He has the ability but his confidence and motivational levels were all but destroyed the minute he was effectively sacked by Red Bull.
This season, he has scored four points, 44 points behind his team-mate Carlos Sainz. He lies 19th in the table, behind the pointless Marcus Ericsson.
Gasly is a rising star in motor racing, much like Kyvat was. He's excelled in the lower classes of racing as a Red Bull junior driver. Originally, it seemed like he would replace Carlos Sainz at Toro Rosso, who has agreed a switch to Renault. However, Sainz won't move until the season ends, but Kyvat's appaling form has opened the door early for Gasly.