It’s a strange swap, as Felix da Costa won last year, while Kvyat hasn’t taken part in the race yet. You could say that it would benefit Kvyat more to be in the race, so I’m a bit puzzled as to why Felix da Costa is there. Maybe it’s a way of Marko saying, justify to me your place in the squad for next year, perhaps to give Sainz Jr some competition in FR 3.5. I’m sure it’ll still be one of these two replacing Vergne in 2015, unless Marko is unhappy with Sainz’s lack of results and picks someone from outside the Junior team!
Jaafar is making his way up the ladder slowly, trying to maximise himself at every level, as he has secure Petronas backing. He did indeed dominate the British F3 race he attended this year. If he can do better in FR 3.5 next year (likely) and stay involved with the Mercedes GP team (as a development driver) then I would say that’s another successful year for Jaafar. His aim for the future is still a few years down the line. I’m sure Fauzy had a similar ambition, and he seemed to disappear after taking part in an FP1 and having a successful final junior ladder season?
Also, I can’t help but agree with Jarno Trulli, that with a more financially healthy F1 mid-rear grid, Mortara would have got slightly more than 1 day of a YDT to try F1. Perhaps a year as a test driver, or a year at Minardi in days past?