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Verstappen to replace Kvyat at Red Bull immediately

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Red Bull have confirmed the decision to replace under fire Daniil Kvyat with teenage sensation Max Verstappen with immediate effect, his debut for the team will be at the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix.

The team announced today,”Red Bull Racing will have a new driver line-up from the Spanish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen will be joining the team to drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo. Daniil Kvyat will continue to drive for Red Bull and will re-join sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.”

Christian Horner, Team Principal said, “Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.”

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“We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.”

“Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential,” added Horner.

This comes in the wake of Kvyat’s shenanigans during the opening laps of the Russian Grand Prix, where he crashed twice into the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and at the same time ruined his and his teammate’s race.

Although he apologised for his actions, the damage was done and it was abundantly clear that the the Russian driver was in hot water with his team.

The sensational move to promote Verstappen to the top tier team of the Red Bull organisation so early in the season comes as a surprise, although he had been earmarked for the drive with them from 2017 and beyond.

With the promotion of Verstappen, Red Bull appear to have negated possible poaching of the teenager by the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari who openly covet the young Dutchman.

After Kvyat’s Sochi debacle Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko was not impressed, “It’s a pity because he did not only ruin Vettel’s race and Ricciardo’s race, but also his own race. He had to do an extra stop. It was a day of disaster for Red Bull.”

“Let’s cool down a bit. During the week we will talk about this,” he added.

The team’s number one driver, Ricciardo, commented after the race, “There’s three cars pretty much taking up the whole track into Turn 1. So I don’t know where Danny was going. It’s not like there was room on the inside.”

“I expect an apology, I’ll put it that way. We’ll hear now what the team thinks,” added the Australian.

Meanwhile Verstappen has already had a seat fitting at the team’s Milton Keynes headquarters.

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