Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat says he is happy to have been rated so highly by his first boss in Formula 1.
In a recent magazine feature, Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said the young Russian is the best driver he has ever worked with behind Sebastian Vettel.
“He has a sensational car control and is exactly like Vettel,” commented Tost last week. “Extremely focused with great assertiveness.”
Tost ranked Kvyat, who is now at Red Bull at the age of just 21, ahead of Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo and even Ralf Schumacher.
In Belgium Kvyat quipped to Championat: “It’s a pity I am only second! It’s always nice to hear good words from Franz.”
“At Toro Rosso I managed to build a very good team around me with a view to 2015, and it would have been interesting to continue, but then I got the proposal from Red Bull.
“Of course that is impossible to refuse! I don’t regret anything, but it would have been interesting to see what we could have done together in 2015.
“At the beginning of the season their [Toro Rosso’s] car looked very competitive, but I feel fine at Red Bull,” Kvyat added.
At the end of last season Tost was already touting Kvyat as a future champion when he said, “Daniil has done an excellent job being a rookie and has shown in this first year in F1 to be a very fast driver and to have the potential to become one of the top drivers.”
“His strong motivation to learn and to achieve, his focus on how to improve his performance during the season, his great talent and his fighter attitude have given him the chance to step up quite quickly,” added Tost.