Red Bull Racing have confirmed the reports that Max Verstappen will swap seat with Daniil Kvyat at the Spanish Grand Prix. Motorsports reported on Wednesday that Red Bull had been evaluating the seat swap option between the two F1 drivers as early as the Spanish GP, in response to Kvyat’s incident at the Russian Grand Prix.
Reports said that the Russian Red Bull driver was about to lose his seat with Red Bull’s senior grade after his disastrous Russian race where he collided with Ferrari’s top man Sebastian Vettel numerous times.
Kvyat’s involvement in Russian incident has caused lots of trouble for the team, it left Red Bull without any points in Sochi as well as leading to Vettel’s early retirement in the race. F1 youngster Max Verstappen has finished the race with great points and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has acknowledged Verstappen’s talent.
The incident has left Red Bull furious, scrambling for possible solution. Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko has already expressed his displeasure at the incident, and has forced to make tough decision for the Spanish GP.
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One possible quick solution to the said problem is an immediate seat swap between Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat. The move will involve Verstappen moving up to Red Bull’s senior team for the remainder of the season, while Kvyat taking over Verstappen’s place at sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, giving the Russian the time he needed to rebuild his reputation.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com.
“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,” Horner stated.
“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.”
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