It was announced yesterday that Max Verstappen will replace Danill Kvyat at Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix with the Russian taking the Dutchman’s seat at Toro Rosso.
Kvyat collided with Sebastian Vettel twice at the start of the Russian GP last weekend, with the second contact resulting in the Ferrari ending up in the wall. After the race, Red Bull boss Horner said Kvyat “accepts he made a mistake” and apologised to the team.
But following talks, Red Bull has taken the decision to drop Kvyat in favour of Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. In an statement to the media yesterday, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said the following about the news:-
‘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.’
Even though I agree that Verstappen is talented enough as a driver to be at Red Bull and while I understand why the team have taken this decision; let’s not forget that Kvyat was also promoted to the same team as Verstappen was and they seem to have forgotten that. And in my opinion, I think its a bit unprofessional how this has taken place.
Firstly, both drivers in my opinion are very talented and both deserve to be there, both have a lot of potential to learn, develop and improve as a driver. But if you believe the rumours circulating around the paddock, what happened in Sochi last weekend was just the final straw and Red Bull have used this in order to keep Verstappen in the programme to stop him going to rival teams at the expense of Kvyat.
But for the team to do this Kvyat just to me enforces what I think about the Red Bull driver programme; you get so many chances and then your shown the door. Effectively Kvyat has in my view been shown the door with a demotion and I believe that they have given him one last chance to show that he can be the driver the fans and also the team know that he can be.
All I can say is that I understand both sides of the situation and all we can do now as fans is accept what has happened, even if we don’t agree with it.