Red Bull confirm Verstappen and Kvyat swap


SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 14: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Red Bull Racing talk in the Pitlane during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 14, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing confirmed on Thursday morning that from the Spanish Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat will swap teams.

During the Russian Grand Prix, Kvyat was involved in two crashes with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel which lead to the Milton Keynes outfit without any points in Sochi as well as leading to Vettel’s retirement.

Verstappen will be joining Red Bull to drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo for the remainder of the 2016 Formula 1 season. Kvyat will take Verstappen’s place and will re-join sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, giving him the chance to show his potential.

“Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent,” said Christian Horner, Team Principal. “His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.

“We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.

“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.”