Russian Daniil Kvyat ‘honoured’ to replace Vettel at Red Bull

Matt Jones - Editor 08:09 24/11/2014
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Replacing a legend: Daniil Kvyat has big shoes to fill when he arrives as Red Bull

Daniil Kvyat speaks confidently but respectfully when he admits he’s come to Red Bull to win titles.

The 20-year-old Russian knows he faces a tall task emulating the man he will replace at the Austrian team next year.

Sebastian Vettel has won the For­mula One World Drivers’ Champi­onship four times – some big shoes for Kvyat to fill – but he is calm and relishing the challenge.

“I’m very honoured and very hap­py,” said Kvyat when asked about racing for Red Bull in 2015.

“I’m so excited. I’m always excited about racing. I’m doing what I love and loving the oppor­tunity to race next season for a top team. But now, I’m obviously thinking about the future. Work­ing as hard as possible and trying to extract the maximum out of any opportunity.”

German driver Vettel will fulfil a boyhood dream by racing for Fer­rari next season.

Vettel may be a legend but Kvyat is not daunted by replacing him, saying: “He was as young as I am once, so it’s up to me in the future. I am feeling good (about replacing him), but I think it’s always impor­tant to be yourself.”

Like all drivers, Kvyat’s ultimate goal is to become world champion.

He said: “This is why I’m here. It’s a great opportunity to win some­thing but you have to work hard for it to deserve it.”

Kvyat replaced Australian Dan­iel Ricciardo at Torro Rosso and admits is a little sad to be leaving.

He said: “It’s been a fantastic experience. I’m lucky to have had some fantastic people around me. It’s hard to believe that it’s my last race for them and I have to thank them.” 

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