Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen will swap race seats for the remainder of the year, it has been confirmed.
Speculation had been rife over Kvyat’s future with Red Bull Racing following his incidents with Sebastian Vettel at the start of last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix. The team has now confirmed that Kvyat will move back to Toro Rosso where he previously spent a season. As a consequence, Verstappen will step up to partner Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull.
The team released the following statement from Team Principal Christian Horner:
Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.
We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.
Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential
Kvyat made his Formula One race debut in 2014, joining Toro Rosso as the reigning GP3 champion. He was then promoted to a race seat with Red Bull following Vettel’s move to Ferrari. He got his first podium at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix and was on the podium at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Verstappen has impressed the Formula One paddock in his short F1 career so far. Making his debut in 2015 at just 17 years old, his best finish so far has been fourth on two occasions. Many have him pegged as a future World Champion. He will make his Red Bull senior team debut at the Spanish Grand Prix and will race with the team for the remainder of the season.