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GP Week : Issue 193
EDITOR: Kate Walker email@example.com MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott F1 NEWS EDITOR Abhishek Takle TECHNICAL EDITOR Paolo Filisetti RACE EDITOR Trent Price CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh O'Gorman BUSINESS EDITOR Caroline Reid PRODUCTION ARTIST Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Daniel Kalisz PUBLISHER Chris Lambden email@example.com PUBLISHED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton email@example.com n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org .com WEEK Toro Rosso has named Russian Daniil Kvyat as the replacement for Red Bull- bound Daniel Ricciardo in a shock announcement that has, for now, put the brakes on talented youngster Antonio Felix da Costa’s Formula One dreams. Many had tipped da Costa, one of the most promising cadets of Red Bull’s young driver programme and winner of the 2012 Macau Grand Prix, as the leading candidate to slot into Ricciardo’s seat with Carlos sainz Jr., son of the multiple world rally champion, also in the frame. But a tough season for da Costa – who ended the year third in the Formula Renault 3.5 series – counted against him in the final analysis and Toro Rosso opted for Kvyat instead. “This is fantastic news, a dream come true and I want to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this priceless opportunity,” Kvyat, who drove a Toro Rosso in the Young Drivers’ Test at silverstone, said. “ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula One and now that wish will become reality next season.” The 19-year-old Russian, currently competing in the GP3 and Formula 3 european Championship, is relatively inexperienced. Red Bull traditionally put their youngsters through the Formula Renault 3.5 series before moving them up to Formula One, experience Kvyat lacks. Toro Rosso are planning to run Kvyat in Friday practice in Austin and sao Paulo, giving him some grand prix experience before the season ends. However, Kvyat – driving for the MW Arden GP3 team co-owned by Mark Webber and Christian Horner – lacks a superlicence, without which he cannot drive on a race weekend. Autosport have reported that Toro Rosso are planning to run the young Russian in a two-year old car over the next few weeks, much as countryman sergey sirotkin was given time driving an old Ferrari in preparation for his sauber debut. Given his inexperience, news of Kvyat’s appointment prompted speculation that Russia’s impending grand prix debut may have been a factor in the move. But Helmut Marko, the man in charge of Red Bull’s young driver programme, denied that had been the case. “We were looking at what's best for Red Bull and what's best for Toro Rosso in the medium term,” Marko told Autosport. “All the people who have been involved in this decision said Daniil was the right candidate. Through his performances, he was a natural candidate, being fast, being mature. so in the medium term he offers the best perspectives.” There is no doubt that Kvyat has impressed in both the series he has taken part in this year, but the surprise announcement highlights the ruthless nature of Red Bull’s young driver programme, with da Costa very much the form man this time last year. “I believe I am ready to step up, but the decision is made. It hurts, but it’s time to face it and think about the best possibilities,” da Costa said in a statement. “I will keep working together with Red Bull to get into F1 and soon I will announce my 2014 program.” FROM DANIEL TO DANIIL F1 >>> nEWs 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: