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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