Kvyat: We have a good chance to fight for top positions, as regulations are changing so much

Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat

The 2014 season could be a big chance for midfield teams to show up their bigger rivals believes Daniil Kvyat, the confident 19-year-old Russian who has been promoted straight from GP3 to Red Bull’s junior Formula 1 team, Toro Rosso, for 2014.

When asked about his plans for his rookie season, Kvyat told Russian television TV Rain: “I do not like to make such plans.

“I think you should always push to the maximum and see what comes of it. But I do believe that we have a good chance to fight for top positions, especially in a year when the regulations are changing so much.

“The middle teams will have the chance to get ahead, and I really hope [that] they do,” he added.

Daniil Kvyat on FP1 duty in Austin last year

Daniil Kvyat on FP1 duty in Austin last year

Some have linked Kvyat’s promotion by Red Bull – over the arguably more experienced Antonio Felix da Costa – as an obvious nod to his Russian nationality, on the eve of the country’s inaugural grand prix, in 2014.

Kvyat admitted that he would welcome Russian backers to the Faenza-based team.

“It is a long process and not so easy,” he explained, “but of course we are always open to negotiations with any sponsors.

“If there are interesting proposals we would consider them, as sponsors from Russia are very welcome.” (GMM)

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  • matthew

    Lets see how this kid does. So far so good, no ridiculous statements or remarks yet. Seems pretty good with the press, but what really matters is how he performs on track.

  • capt planet

    Might be the best thing that happened to str after vettel.

  • coefficient

    This shows the kid knows nothing about f1.

  • Hugo

    Looking at his face, I can see a major sponsoring opportunity for Proactiv or Clearasil.

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  • matthew


    In all fairness 3/4 of the grid know nothing about f1 besides how to drive. The only current drivers im aware of that are knowledgeable about f1s history are vettel, button, alonso, and hamilton.

  • Hugo

    @coefficient : You are right. But, therefore, they should refrain from making such stupid statements.

  • WestMclarenMercedes

    I got a feeling he will perform better than magnussen. Mainly cause his father is not known as the most disorganized driver in F1 History. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

  • SteveIsGreat

    Same engines as RBR this year… yeah expecting them to jump up in the performance might not be crazy! Though I suspect it’ll be JEV and not this pay driver who has everything to prove – or lose this year.

  • Hugo

    @SteveIsGreat, Caterham had the same engine as Red Bull and got beatean by Marussia… So what is your point?

  • Bub

    Imagine the radio message if he was leading a race, with S. Vettel trying to pass;

    “Daniil get out of the f*ck*ng way!”