The truth behind Kvyat's STR drive
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The truth behind Kvyat's STR drive

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Red Bull surprised many people by promoting Daniil Kvyat to the second Toro Rosso seat ahead of favourite Antonio Felix da Costa. EDD STRAW analyses the reasons behind the move and examines whether the Russian is ready for it

"We are brave...we make decisions."

So said Helmut Marko of Red Bull in an interview with AUTOSPORT earlier this year. And as far as brave decisions go, promoting 19-year-old Daniil Kvyat to a Toro Rosso seat is right up there.

The Russian has just 22 laps under his belt in a Formula 1 car, his running restricted by spinning into the gravel during his outing at the Silverstone young driver test. He has never raced beyond Formula 3/GP3 level and with a massive rule change facing grand prix racing in 2014, there will not be much time during pre-season testing for him to bed in.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Daniil Kvyat
Author Edd Straw