Red Bull motorsport director Helmut Marko says Daniil Kvyat was the best “medium term” choice for Toro Rosso next year.
Kvyat emerged as the team’s surprise choice of driver for 2014 on Monday, getting the nod over Red Bull junior team competitors Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jnr.
“We were looking what is best for Red Bull, what is best for Toro Rosso in the medium term,” said Marko. “And all the people who had been involved in this decision decided yes, Daniil Kvyat is the right candidate.”
Marko said Kvyat’s appointment was not related to the inaugural Russian Grand Prix taking place next year. Sauber are also giving consideration to Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin as a potential driver for next year.
Marko expects Kvyat won’t take long to get up to speed with team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, who will start his third season with Toro Rosso next year. “I would say after six to eight races he should be in a position to challenge Jean-Eric Vergne,” he said.
Kvyat will drive in the GP3 support races at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next week. He goes into the final rounds of the season eight points behind championship leader Facu Regalia.