- Oct 8, 2007
Max Verstappen will replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards, with the Russian driver returning to the junior Toro Rosso team, it was announced on Thursday.
Kvyat endured a troubled home event at Sochi Autodrom, twice hitting Ferrari rival and former Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel on the first lap, prompting further criticism from the four-time champion.
In the days since the event, various options have been considered, with Red Bull ultimately deciding to push Kvyat back to Toro Rosso, and promote highly-rated Dutch teenager Max Verstappen.
Verstappen will join Daniel Ricciardo, while Kvyat will partner Carlos Sainz Jr.
"Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent; his performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull," said Horner.
"We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams."
Horner has tipped Kvyat to bounce back during another spell at Toro Rosso.
"Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential," Horner went on to state.
I think Dr. Marko picked up what keefy put down in the F1 thread - Using other drivers as a breaking pad is a thing for children.
Red Bull can try to PR spin all they want, this is going to be like a tonne of bricks crashing down on the young Russian. Mid-season switch is so damn rare, you know you fucked up if it happens to you!