Missing Toro Rosso F1 chance “hurts” – Da Costa

2014 F1 season

Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, Young Drivers' Test day one, Silverstone, 2013Antonio Felix da Costa says being passed over for an F1 drive in favour of Daniil Kvyat “hurts”.

Da Costa was widely tipped to take the seat at Toro Rosso left vacant by Daniel Ricciardo. However the team announced today it will be taken by fellow Red Bull junior programme driver Daniil Kvyat.

“It hurts but it’s like this,” Da Costa wrote on Twitter, “I’m happy for Daniil and that it stays in the Red Bull family.”

“And I love you all, all my supporters, fans and lovers, its been amazing to feel your support, its not over, thank you all.”

Da Costa shot to prominence with a highly successful 2012 campaign in which he finished third in GP3 and fourth in Formula Renault 3.5 – the latter despite missing the first five races of the season.

However he failed to build on that success this year, due in part to some car problems and misfortune, and ended his second year in the category third behind McLaren development drivers Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne.

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45 comments on Missing Toro Rosso F1 chance “hurts” – Da Costa

  1. Sherlock said on 21st October 2013, 21:14

    Sorry Antonio, but your race seat is in other team.

    • I can’t see any other team right now for da Costa. He wasn’t impressive this season but the he drove the 3rd fatest behind DAMS and Fortec. The thing here is that everyone thought da Costa would drive for Toro Rosso and in the end some Russia kid (I’m not questioning the talent, only his experience) in GP3 win the race for the seat based on money (because last season da Costa was much more impressive). To think that even the Red Bull family look first for money than for skill it shows what f1 (and the other categories) are nowadays

  2. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 21st October 2013, 21:18

    Another driver “shot down” by Marko.

    • aka_robyn said on 21st October 2013, 23:59

      And what, exactly, do you think Marko’s motive was?

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd October 2013, 6:55

        getting only the best of the best? Not allowing for glitches on the road. And having a Russian is a good marketing vehicle too, off course.

        The first part is a bit ruthless, but its a push for success. The second motivation would be a bit of a damper on promoting talent.

    • Pfff I just can’t believe it! That’s sad if he can’t get a drive.

      Kvyat is very good but lacks experience. Da Costa was even more stellar last year in GP3/FR3.5, but his main problem is that he didn’t won a championship for two years now.

      This year he still finished 3rd in the standings with too many problems on his car and with the mistake he’s done.

      Hope someone gives you wings Antonio!

  3. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st October 2013, 21:20

    I think da Costa has been very disappointing this year. He’s clearly been trying too hard at times, and has over-driven the car as a result.

  4. d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 21st October 2013, 21:21

    Da Costa is a real rising star. He will shine soon once Vergne gets booted out in 2015. If not him, then Carlos Sainz, Jr.

  5. N7 (@m77) said on 21st October 2013, 21:22

    hopefully not a premature end for his career. drivers on the sidelines are easy to forget…

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st October 2013, 21:24

    Perhaps this opens up an opportunity for Caterham. They made a serious mistake in taking Pic and van der Garde this year, so serious that they might have lost tenth place to Marussia. But if they dumped van der Garde and took da Costa, they might be able to reclaim some of that lost ground.

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 21st October 2013, 21:57

      I think they would prefer taking Vandoorne or something instead of da Costa …

    • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 21st October 2013, 22:06

      I think even going with Kovalainen would give them more chance of doing that than a rookie!

    • Red Bull might sponsor that decision as well. Good tip @prisoner-monkeys!

      • toiago (@toiago) said on 21st October 2013, 23:39

        It could even be a sort of backup plan, as they did with Ricciardo when he was put into the HRT team back in 2011. So if by the end of 2014 one of the Toro Rosso drivers isn’t living up to the expectations, they would have in theory one good replacement. But this is just speculation.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2013, 8:54

        @vettel1 – The more I think about it, the more I think Red Bull will have a hard time holding onto him. If Kvyat and Vergne do well, da Costa might be stuck on the sidelines until 2016 at the earliest. That can’t sit well with him, least of all when he was on the verge of entering the sport.

        A lot of people thought Raikkonen’s decision would be the move that would unlock the driver market, but I think this is it. The other teams would have noticed that Toro Rosso was talking to more than one driver, and they would have waited to see what happened next. And this would be the best possible outcome for them: it has freed up da Costa – there is no way the FIA would allow Red Bull (or any other team) to force a driver to sit on the sidelines after deciding not to offer them a seat – and taking him would be a major coup for Lotus, Force India or Sauber.

    • Dan Brown (@danbrown180) said on 22nd October 2013, 13:15

      VDG hasn’t done too badly. He can justify a second season i think. Pic perhaps, should worry, but then I wonder why any driver would want to join Caterham or Marussia without firmly knowing it’s because you’re waiting for a seat higher up to become vacant (ala Ricciardo at HRT). After all, it’s not really possible to prove yourself in one of those cars.

  7. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 21st October 2013, 21:38

    Although I’m no fan of Da Costa, even I cannot deny his talent. He deserved this so much more then this Russian child…

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st October 2013, 22:53

      @force-maikel – Da Costa impressed because he was able to switch between GP3 and Formula Renault with ease. But check Kvyat’s results – he has been able to switch between the Toyota Racing Series, Formula Renault 2.0, GP3 and Formula 3 with equal ease and success.

    • He deserved this so much more then this Russian child…

      Wow – are you anti-Russian or just anti-young people? No one deserves a drive…they earn it through a confluence of factors, including talent, discipline, training, preparation, execution, etcetc, and of course, marketability!

      What’s the fizzy-drinks market worth in Russia and her allies? Or just Russia alone? I haven’t seen a Red Bull corporate prospectus or other shareholders’ document but if the market isn’t mature, growth hasn’t slowed/stalled, and/or Red Bull hasn’t maxed out its opportunity there, then putting a Russian into one of the Toro Rosso cars could be a wonderful move to further the company’s position in 2014.

      But actually, regardless of what the business sense of this decision might be, I find your reverse ageism and snide dismissal of Kvyat to be off-putting.

    • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 23rd October 2013, 11:51

      @prisoner-monkeys I know Daniil is a talent but he could have easily done another season in the lower classes to sharpen his skills, Da Costa was as ready as can be.

      @joepa No I don’t hate Russia, in fact I’m against the constant bashing of Russia…, the Russian child thing was actually a sarcastic note because imo Da Costa was more ready for F1 then Kvyat who obviously was not only chosen for his natural talent bot probably also for the bag of money he is carrying with him. Therefor I felt Da Costa deserved it more. Don’t make it any bigger then it is.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 23rd October 2013, 12:39

        @force-maikel – That’s for Toro Rosso to decide. I’m bemused that you still insist that da Costa is more ready for Formula 1, given that he completely failed to live up to expectations, clearly struggled with the car all year long and visibly over-drove the car as he tried to compensate, which is a rookie mistake.

        • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 24th October 2013, 14:11

          @prisoner-monkeys You call bad luck overdriving the car? Despite all the troubles he has had this year he still managed to finish 3rd in the title hunt. I myself am bemused that you can’t look past the fact Kvyat was not chosen for the (clear) talent but for the bag of money. RB has a bunch load of junior drivers and of all of them Da Costa has the most experience and has done enough to justify at least a chance. Kvyat himself has made enough mistakes in the lower classes so why favor him over a more sensisble choice? #AllAboutTheMoney

  8. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 21st October 2013, 22:00

    Twiiter is kinda interesting:

    Robin Frijns
    @afelixdacosta i know the feeling mate! Keep working hard!

  9. I argue with him, that this is in fact the end for him, he did well though even this season where he started with good pace and then disappeared as quickly as he rose the year before.

  10. BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd October 2013, 9:07

    Hm, so now the info about Vandoorne turning down an offer to race at STR makes more sense. He beat DaCosta to 2nd in WSR 3.5 so they wanted to get him in the car. When he did not take the job, they took Kyvat.

    Yes, the RBR young driver program is a big chance, but you have to be really on top of your game or get dropped. A bit weaker season (for various reasons) and it can be the end of your career.

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