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2013-10-23 09:25

'BIG RISK, MORE FUN': Red Bull team advisor Dr Helmut Marko has described Toro Rosso's new driver for 2014, Daniil Kvyat (above), as a mix between Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Image: AP

LONDON, England - Red Bull team adviser Helmut Marko has characterised the promotion of Daniil Kvyat for 2014 as a "no risk, no fun" strategy.

Asked on Tuesday (Oct 22 2013) about the 19-year-old Russian's leap straight from GP3 to F1 team Toro Rosso, McLaren's managing director Jonathan Neale said it was "a very big step" but suggested the move to the new turbo V6 rules in 2014 was a big enough challenge "without throwing a young driver into the mix".

Kvyat, believed to be bringing Russian sponsors to the Toro Rosso F1 team, surprisingly beat the hot favourite Antonio Felix da Costa - who finished his 2013 season behind Magnussen and Vandoorne - to the seat being vacated by Daniel Ricciardo.


Portuguese Costa said on Tuesday: "I believe I am ready to step up but the decision is made. It hurts that I wasn't chosen for the Toro Rosso 2014 seat and today I am sad as are many others in Portugal but I will keep working with Red Bull to get into F1."

Marko, who heads Red Bull's junior programme, defended the appointment of Kvyat on the basis of his steady development throughout 2013, and his performance at Silverstone during the young driver test.

Marko told Germany's Auto Bild: "So we wanted to take the risk and move a GP3 driver up to F1. No risk, no fun!" He said he sees Russian Kvyat as "a mix between Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen", because he has "exceptional speed and is a meticulous worker, but also very quiet and with good nerves".

Earlier, it was suggested Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost considered Kvyat too young for F1, but he is now quoted as saying that out of the Russian, da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jr - another young driver candidate, Kvyat is "by far" the most ready for the 2014 seat.

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