Red Bull has promoted eighteen year old Max Verstappen replacing Russian Daniil Kyvat with immediate effect for the rest of the season. It comes days after Kvyat has a disastrous home Grand Prix at the weekend.
Verstappen, who has only took part in twenty four races and in his second season of F1 has been “an outstanding young talent” and said he was “pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.” The Red Bull Young Driver program has been used to test drivers and then dump them after two seasons.
However, earlier this year Verstappen said he could spend a third season with Toro Rosso. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said: “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.”
Kyvat has been involved in two incidents with former Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel at the last two races. Many say China was not his fault but blame him for two collisions with Vettel in Russia.
Verstappen is a wanted driver for Mercedes and Ferrari but is under contract with Red Bull / Toro Rosso until the end of next season. The Dutchman has shaken the sport and impressed many with his driving skills on track being talked up as the next Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher.