Not long ago Antonio Felix da Costa was the hottest property on the fringes of Formula 1 and apparently heading for a race seat with Toro Rosso in 2014, but the unexpected appointment of Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat has put the dream on hold.
“It hurts, and today I am sad as are many others in Portugal, but I will keep working together with Red Bull to get into F1,” said Da Costa in the wake of the announcement.
“I believe I am ready to step up, but the decision [has been] made,” he added.
Kvyat’s promotion from GP3 and F3 ranks is considered a risk but at the same time reportedly brings the promise of sponsorship from Russia who are increasingly becoming involved in the sport ahead of the country hosting their first grand prix in Sochi next year.
Shortly before the announcement, F1 test driver Luiz Razia revealed mischievously on Twitter: “It is reported that the second seat at Toro Rosso is for sale. It’s been like that for years! Any other news?” (GP247)
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