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Kvyat has potential to be one of the top drivers in F1 - Tost

Franz Tost expects Daniil Kvyat to shine next season at Red Bull Racing alongside fellow Toro Rosso graduate Daniel Ricciardo
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost reckons Daniil Kvyat has the potential to become one of the top drivers in F1.

Kvyat made his debut in the sport this season, brought in to replace Daniel Ricciardo and he exceeded expectations with a string of strong performances, including a ninth place finish on his debut in Australia.

In the end the young Russian ended the season with 8 points on the board, securing further points in Malaysia, China, Britain and Belgium and did enough to secure promotion to Red Bull's senior team in 2015, replacing the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel.

“Daniil has done an excellent job being a rookie and has shown in this first year in F1 to be a very fast driver and to have the potential to become one of the top drivers,” Tost told the official Toro Rosso website.

“His strong motivation to learn and to achieve, his focus on how to improve his performance during the season, his great talent and his fighter attitude have given him the chance to step up quite quickly and to get the chance to move to RBR next year.”

Meanwhile, Tost also praised Jean-Eric Vergne and said it was a tough decision to axe the Frenchman, with Toro Rosso having confirmed rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr for 2015.

“With Jean-Eric, it was a difficult decision to let him go because there is no doubt he is a very talented driver, but our team's remit is to bring on the youngsters in the Red Bull Junior Driver programme and Jev had completed three seasons with us,” Tost explained again.

“Our French driver had more than his fair share of bad luck this year [though] and could have finished an impressive fifth in Monaco and he delivered another strong street circuit performance, to come home sixth in Singapore.”

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Franz Tost (AUT), Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
10.10.2015- Free Practice 2, Friday Press Conference:  Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
Franz Tost (AUT), Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal  02.03.2014. Formula One Testing, Bahrain Test Two, Day Four, Sakhir, Bahrain.
(L to R): Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso; Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing (Right) at the unveiling of the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9. 27.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Jerez, Spain.
(L to R): Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal with Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso at the unveiling of the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9. 27.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Jerez, Spain.

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December 13, 2014 5:32 PM

He certainly looks more than promising and has driven fast, well and generally sensibly. Next year we shall know. Still believe, however, that these young guys should spend a bit more time in the junior formulae to gather experience and maturity.


December 14, 2014 7:58 AM

I'm definitely in the "wait & see" column on Kvyat. What I think makes him a contender at this point are the "team smarts" that surround, coach and encourage him on that RB team. As for driving ability, I did see his affinity for speed (he ain't afraid of it, that's for sure), but I honestly don't recall any of those little "aha" things that I still remember about the earliest races of Hamilton and Alonso, and others, that made me think "now, THERE is an FI racer".

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