Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat has admitted that the vacancy at Toro Rosso for the 2014 season may have come too soon for him to be seriously considered.
It is believed the Red Bull-owned team is on the cusp of confirming Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa as Daniel Ricciardo’s successor for next year.
But Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost said last month: “We (Red Bull) have some young drivers with extraordinary talent. One of them is Carlos Sainz jr but we also have [Daniil] Kvyat. And Felix da Costa.”
But Tost admitted that the young age of the Russian is a factor playing against him.
Asked what he sees as his next step beyond 2013, Kvyat told the Italian magazine Italiaracing: “Definitely I will not stay in GP3, so we are in the period where we are deciding what will be my future.
“The logical passage for the Red Bull [development] drivers would seem to be to the Formula Renault 3.5 series. To go to Formula 1, the others [sponsored by Red Bull] have passed through there.
“But it’s not for me to decide, so I am waiting for Red Bull and will be ready to do anything they decide,” he added.
Kvyat drove the Toro Rosso at the young driver test at Silverstone earlier this year; an experience he admits was “unforgettable”.
“But right now I am concentrated on the [junior] championships so that I can arrive in Formula 1 as soon as possible,” he insisted. (GMM)