Kvyat still struggling to fathom departure from Red Bull

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands attends a press conference at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, May 12, 2016. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) It was in a 20-minute call that interrupted his viewing of ''Game of Thrones'' that Daniil Kvyat found out he was being relegated from Red Bull to Toro Rosso only four races into the Formula One season.

Kvyat got the ax, just like many of the popular TV characters in ''Thrones.''

The young Russian driver said the news didn't keep him from going right back to the television series when he hung up the phone, but he admitted he was in shock to learn of his demotion, and being replaced by 18-year-old Max Verstappen.

Kvyat said he had no option other than to accept the decision, for which there was ''no real explanation.''