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Williams considering fourth option for 2018

Prior to the Malaysia Grand Prix, it was believed there were three drivers in contention for one seat at Williams.

They were current incubate Felipe Massa, who only obtained the seat due to the shock instant retirement of Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg which created a lifeline for Massa within F1.

Valterri Bottas, Massa's former team-mate was handpicked by Mercedes to replace the outgoing title holder at Mercedes.

That left a seat open at Williams and without much time ahead of the new season, Massa returned to his old car.

But for 2018 it looks likely that it will be a change for Massa once again.

Reserve Paul di Resta was being heavily linked with a return following his impressive outing in Hungary when he was a last minute substitute for the ill Massa.

Another driver according to who is on the shortlist is Robert Kubica.

Both Di Resta and Kubica have held test sessions with Williams and a decision looked to be set between the three of them.

But now a fourth driver has been thrown into the mix.

Red Bull have now ceremoniously dumped Daniil Kvyat for the umpteenth time.

The Russian is somewhat of a veteran within Formula One these days, having made his debut in 2014 and having raced for both Red Bull outfits, the main team and the sister team on two occasions.

However a seven year relationship with the Red Bull young driver programme is now over for the 23-year-old.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was quoted telling Auto Bild: 'Kvyat will not return again. according to Sky Sports.

But his chances within Formula One may not be over, with Williams technical boss Paddy Lowe confirmed they are interested in Kvyat for 2018.

'As I said in Austin we'll consider all drivers that are not contracted, That is a fact. Kvyat is a very respectable driver, so he should be in the frame.' he told

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Date:Friday November 3 2017

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