Kvyat ‘should be on Vergne’s pace within eight races’

2014 F1 season

Helmut Marko, Red Bull, 2013Red Bull motorsport director Helmut Marko believes new Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat should be on the pace of team mate Jean-Eric Vergne before the first half of 2014 is over.

“Of course he has to learn how Formula 1 is operating,” said Marko, who runs the team’s young driver programme. “He has to learn the circuits.”

“But I would say after six to eight races he should be in a position to challenge Jean-Eric Vergne.”

Kvyat, who is racing in GP3 and Formula Three this year, was announced as the team’s new driver for 2014 yesterday.

Marko denied the decision to hire Kvyat had been taken in part to coincide with the inaugural Russian Grand Prix which is slated to take place next year.

“We were looking what is best for Red Bull, what is best for Toro Rosso in the medium term,” he said. “And all the people who had been involved in this decision decided yes, Daniil Kvyat is the right candidate.”

Kvyat was chosen ahead of fellow development drivers Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jnr, among others.

“From all the juniors which were in the frame for a Formula One seat, through his performance he was the natural candidate being fast, being mature” said Marko. “So in the medium terms he offers the best perspectives.”

Marko said Red Bull’s evaluation of Kvyat across a range of series led them to conclude he was the best choice.

“Daniil is quite an aggressive driver,” Marko added. “He never gives up and he has natural speed. We put him in various categories and even without testing he immediately was on the pace.”

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68 comments on Kvyat ‘should be on Vergne’s pace within eight races’

  1. Sergio Perez (@sergio-perez) said on 23rd October 2013, 9:07

    I am curious about this Kvyat. I am based in Macau and I have a chance to see all these kids race here, all out, in Formula 3. Kvyat haven’t done this race. Da Costa did and won. Bottas was on the Pace and very impressive. A podium and a DNF on his second time prior to entering Williams. Vettel was on the Podium (albeit with some luck due to a Black flag to the leader Duval) on his first time and had a DNF on his second try. This race is a good place to measure talent. Magnussen, for example, was underwhelming here. Ricciardo showed pace in qualify but crashed out. Sainz JR also disappointed here with a good car.

    As someone that has seen Senna, Schumacher, Hakkinen, Coulthard, Button, Hamilton shine here, I can say that Da Costa has the potential and speed to be a race winner in very hard circuits. I haven’t seen Kviat. Would love to see him here. But seems like more and more, certain drivers avoid this race in fear it will damage their careers due to mistakes or exposing their weaknesses. Am disappointed. I commend the ones that come. Marciello came last year and was only so so. Rosenquist was impressive and so was Alex Lynn. They are all back. Lets see what this bunch brings to the table. I feel like Kviat just skipped his junior Exam!

    • Kimi4WDC said on 23rd October 2013, 9:54

      He had 2nd and 3rd in major Karting Championship. If you ask any driver on the grid, this is something you can’t just pull out of your bank account.

      Let’s see if he doesn’t crack under F1 pressure like many VERY talented drivers do.

    • If I’m not mistaken, Kvyat will be there this year, alongside Sainz Jr. with Carlin.

  2. Rubinho Santos said on 23rd October 2013, 11:03

    Don’t worry. If any of those drivers do not deliver, we have the incredible Da Costa. As a Brazilian, I’m very sad about this decision of Toro Rosso. All the Brazilians had hopes about this talented driver in order to have another winning “Brazilian” in F1.

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