There has been much speculation about just who would move up to Formula One to replace Infiniti Red Bull Racing-bound Daniel Ricciardo for 2014, with Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz, Jr. amongst many of the high-profile candidates.
However, alongside Sauber’s new Russian driver, Sergey Sirotkin, Toro Rosso will be bringing in their very own Russian flavour to Formula One. Current Red Bull Junior driver, Moscow’s Daniil Kvyat has been given an opportunity of a lifetime, as he partners Jean-Eric Vergne at the Faenza-based squad for next year and becomes the youngest driver on the grid.
The official announcement came via Servus TV, who unveiled Ricciardo as Sebastian Vettel’s teammate earlier in the year. This sees the GP3 and FIA F3 Europe driver move into the big leagues, having impressed throughout the 2013 season with multiple pole positions and race wins along the way. The Russian driver also took part in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone earlier this year alongside Johnny Cecotto Jr, who competes in the GP2 Series.
The 19-year-old won the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship last year with Korainen Motorsport before joining the MW Arden stable in GP3 this season, where he currently sits second in the championship. He also teamed up with Carlin Racing in the FIA Formula 3 Championship as a guest driver, and impressed Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko with three pole positions at the Red Bull Ring in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, before winning at the first race at Zandvoort.
As Sochi will be hosting the Grand Prix in Russia next season, the fans will have to make a definitive choice on what team and what driver they want to support when the lights go out.
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