Mateschitz backs Kvyat to adapt quickly

Wednesday 30th October 2013

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Mateschitz backs Kvyat to adapt quickly

Mateschitz backs Kvyat to adapt quickly

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz believes Daniil Kvyat has what it takes to emulate the likes of Kimi Raikkonen or Felipe Massa when it comes to adapting to F1.

Red Bull raised a few eyebrows when they decided to overlook the more experienced Antonio Felix da Costa and hand the 19-year-old Kvyat a Toro Rosso race seat for the 2014 season.

Many believe Kvyat's inexperience will count against him as he has only competed in Formula 3/GP3, but Mateschitz likened the situation to when Raikkonen and Massa made their debuts for Sauber with hardly any mileage at the highest level under their belts.

"If you look on Raikkonen or Massa, how quickly they adjusted with little experience in minor formulae to F1, Kvyat can do this too, we believe," he is quoted as saying by Autosport.

"We watched how Daniil improved in F3 and GP3 this season, [and] his progress was remarkable in many ways.

"We also gained the impression that he got more mature, from a boy to a young man.

"Felix had his ups and downs: he was sometimes very quick but not in a constant way.

"Finally, Kvyat is only 19 and da Costa 22 - that fact made the decision easier."

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