Kvyat backs Sauber protege Sirotkin
2 October 2013 – Red Bull junior star Daniil Kvyat has acted to defend Sauber protege Sergey Sirotkin, following criticism of his fellow Russian's anticipated Formula 1 promotion in 2014.
Sirotkin, who is currently competing in Formula Renault 3.5, looks set to make the move to the top echelon next season, with his father, Oleg, heading up one of the companies involved in rescuing Sauber from its financial troubles earlier in the year.
Although this has led to criticism from some of the sport's more established figures, Kvyat is confident that the 18-year-old will be able to give a good account of himself.
"Sergey and I know each other as we raced together in karting," Kvyat explained to GPUpdate.net. "He is a really good guy. They took quite a risky decision to move to Formula 1 next year, but we will know in the next year if it is the right or wrong one.
"I wish him the best of luck. If he's going there, he must at least be a talented driver."
Kvyat, himself a candidate to join the Formula 1 grid with the junior Toro Rosso team, also expressed his optimism about Russia hosting its first ever Formula 1 event.
"I am really pleased to see that Russia is getting there, also with Sergey entering F1," he added. "We've started growing up a lot. There are a few good circuits and drivers now, so it's exciting. I feel proud that Russia is going in that direction. It's a good sign."