F1'S NEW CRASH KING? Red Bull has disciplined driver Daniil Kvyat after he caused a multi-car collision at the Russian GP. Image: AFP / Yuri Kochetkov
Cape Town - On Monday (May 2) Wheels24 reported that Daniil Kvyat's future with Red Bull was in doubt as the team discussed the rookie's role in the multiple-collision that wrecked the teams ambitions at the 2016 Russian Grand Prix.
Red Bull has on Thursday taken action against Kvyat by demoting him to sister team Toro Rosso ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
During the Russian GP, won by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, Kvyat caused a multi-car collision, smashing into Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo.
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The team issued the following statement: "Red Bull Racing will have a new driver line-up from the Spanish GP. 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."
Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner, 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.
"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."
Kvyat apologised to Vettel following the race on Sunday (May 1). The rookie said he had not felt his brakes and then could not see what was happening ahead of him in the incident that left Vettel fuming with anger at his actions for the second successive race.
Kvyat said: "There was a bit going on," whose impetuous aggression left Vettel ranting on the Ferrari team radio in a stream of profanities.
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