Tost: Kvyat has all the 'basic qualities'
22 October 2013 – Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost believes Daniil Kvyat has all the ‘basic qualities’ needed to succeed at the pinnacle of the sport.
The decision to promote the Russian was confirmed last night and it was something of a surprise as fellow Red Bull junior driver António Félix da Costa had been the favourite to replace the Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo.
Speaking about the decision to pair the 19-year-old with Jean-Éric Vergne, Tost added that the Faenza-based team will now give him all the support he needs to make the best possible start to his F1 career.
“We are pleased to continue our policy of bringing on drivers from the Red Bull Junior Programme. Daniil is a very talented driver, which can be seen from his results in all the junior categories,” Tost remarked.
“He was a very successful Kart driver and, in 2012 he took the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship title with seven wins.
“This year, he competed in six rounds of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, taking one win, five poles and five podiums. In addition to this, he is still in a position to win the GP 3 Championship, as he is only seven points behind the leader.
“He impressed our team with a strong performance and very informative technical feedback at the young driver test in Silverstone. This suggests that the basic qualities from which he can progress are all in place.
“Daniil can be sure that we will use all our experience of training youngsters to give him the best possible start to his F1 career.”