Ahead of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, local favourite Daniil Kvyat arrives in Sochi with greater reason to be excited about his home race following the confirmation that he will be promoted to Red Bull Racing in 2015.

With Sebastian Vettel announcing his departure from the title winning team at the end of 2014 season during the Japanese Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing immediately confirmed Kvyat in his place, the Russian driver handed the drive after an impressive rookie F1 season with the sister Toro Rosso team.

Announced prior to the first F1 event to be held in his native Russia, Kvyat says he is 'honoured' to be getting a shot with such a prestigious team.

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"Obviously I've been told about it in Japan," he said. "I was very happy about it, very honoured. Joining Red Bull Racing next year means a lot obviously the name of the team says it all and we will do our best to fight for the highest position possible."

Kvyat's promotion comes just over a year after the driver he replaced at Toro Rosso, Daniel Ricciardo, was promoted to Red Bull Racing, a move that the Australian admits was probably viewed as a 'risk' at the time.

However, three-time race winner Ricciardo believes Kvyat now has a great opportunity to prove himself in the same way that he has been able to in 2014.

"I think Red Bull probably thought they took a bit of a risk signing me up," Ricciardo said. "I think I worked well, so with Seb [Vettel] leaving they had the same opportunity. Daniil is a bit less experienced but I guess they have the same belief in him that they had with me.

"This is his time to step up and time for me to make his life difficult," he joked. "We get on well so I have no concerns with him coming in next year."