Marko says Kvyat has big balls and is the right man for Toro Rosso

Helmut Marko with Daniil Kyvat

Helmut Marko with Daniil Kyvat

Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat has impressed his bosses with his first two outings in Free Practice for Toro Rosso, first in Austin and now in Sao Paulo.

Kvyat has been signed as the Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo’s 2014 replacement at the energy drink company’s second Formula 1 team, Toro Rosso.

He has been given an early start in 2013, with two Friday Free Practice appearances in Austin and now in Brazil.

On Friday at a wet Interlagos, the confident 19-year-old was not only faster than Ricciardo and his 2014 teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, but ranked eighth fastest overall in the morning session.

“He has big balls,” Helmut Marko, the outspoken Austrian Red Bull chief, said after Kvyat set the time on the wet Brazilian circuit.

“I think we have the right man,” he told the Swiss newspaper Blick.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was also impressed.

“You could see he’s not afraid of the car in any way,” he said on British television BBC. “He’s throwing it around and has … plenty of car control. It was certainly an impressive performance.” (GMM)

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  • Kimi4WDC

    All the best!

    Would be ironic if some other team snatched him next season before Red Bull :)

  • Boycottthebull

    Vettel is going to throw a tantrum if Marko has found a new favourite!

  • Garth

    So Kvyat has big balls says Marko, this could throw up 2 possible problems. Firstly they may have to make a special seat to accomodate them and secondly, if they are too heavy they might cause excessive drag on the car.