The sudden promotion to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team will not faze Daniil Kvyat, so says the team boss who brought him into Formula 1. The young Russian steps up to the front running team for 2015, and be joining fellow former-Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo at the team.
Talking to Autosport, Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost insisted he was not surprised Red Bull wanted Kvyat to replace the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel in their driver line-up, and believes the young Russian will be a good addition to the team, although his promotion to Red Bull came earlier than expected.
“I was not surprised,” insisted Tost. “I expected this. That’s the reason why we took him. I’m also convinced that he will do a good job at Red Bull Racing.
“It was not planned that he goes there after one year. It was planned that he stays with us at least two years. But that’s the situation and with his talent and working attitude he will do a good job with Red Bull Racing, as he did with us.
“No one expected that after winning the GP3 title he would come into Formula 1 and score points in the first race. He will put on the same good performance at Red Bull Racing.”
Tost believes that Kvyat, who will turn twenty-one in April, will be fighting for race victories, providing Red Bull provide him with a car that is quick enough.
“It depends on how competitive the complete package will be,” said Tost. “Normally if it’s a car that is very, very good that helps a lot.
“And if the power unit is also competitive then he will be in front and he will fight for victories.”